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Poetry - American, British, World
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
Seedy Press, (August 20, 2002)
B & R Samizdat Express
P. O. Box 161
West Roxbury, MA, 02132
ISBN: 0931968135
Genre: Literature - Poetry

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - November 28, 2002

Please note: As of 10/8/2008, this CD now contains 762 books.

Poetry is one of those essential elements of life that transcends all barriers of culture and class. In Seedy Press' new CD-Rom Poetry - American, British, World you can sample a delectable cross section of the worlds poetic literature.

The works in this collection are divided into 20 thematic sections, such as Arabic poetry, medieval English poetry, and Greek poetry. While the largest section of this CD is devoted to English poetry, their are also substantial works covering American, Canadian, Australian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latin, Scottish, and Welsh poetry.

Here, you will find individual poems, as well as complete books of poetry. An example of an individual work would be the text of In Flanders Fields by the Canadian poet, John McCrae. Complete books, of which there are over 200 in this collection, run the gamut from such famous works as North of Boston by Robert Frost to Canterbury Tales and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer.

While the majority of the works on this CD are in English, you'll also find works in German, Latin, Welsh, French, Pennsylvania Dutch, Dutch, Flemish, and Italian. This collection contains only works of poetry that are currently in the public domain. Consequently, it is not 'up-to-date' in regard to current works. For example, regarding U.S. authors, only works published before 1923 are available on this CD. Nonetheless, it does offer readers convenient access to a broad range of poets and poetic styles from around the world, and students and poetry lovers' alike will find this collection indispensable.

To give you a brief taste of the wide variety of works that you will find in this collection, below is a very brief sampling of a few of the poets whose works you will find within the pages of this poetry library: As a side note, throughout this collection you will also find a few selections that offer biographical sketches of specific poets such as Lord Tennyson and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

All the works on this CD are presented in plain text and they can be opened with almost any word processing software, including Word, WordPerfect, EditPad, and WordPad. When opened in a word processing program, you can manipulate the font and font size of the documents, just as you can with your regular documents. As well you can add notes as you read, if you so desire. Just remember to save you altered document to you hard drive or you will loose the data when you close out the file. You can also access the files via most web browsers. As these files are in plain text, they are readily accessible via the various screen reading programs that are currently available.

Systems Requirements:

A Windows Based PC and, A Web Browser (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape) and/or A Windows Based Word-Processing program such as Microsoft Word, or Corel's Word Perfect.

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