Poetry, Whitman believed, is the voice of the nation, expressing its CLIPPER
deepest concerns, ambitions and longings, and that is certainly true
of the great classic poetry of America. This wide-ranging anthology
– from the earliest poets of the 16th century to the present day –
reflects the changing preoccupations and visions of Americans.
Here are 65 poems by the leading classic figures, including Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt
Whitman, Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings, as well as popular
anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny which are an integral
part of American consciousness.