“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history,” said Plato. Perhaps what he meant was that poetry can make people recognize, comprehend, and connect personally to hard and beautiful truths easier than when facts are stated plainly. The Twentieth Century in Poetry, edited by Michael Hulse and Simon Rae, hopes to put the history of 1900 – 2000 in context through English-language poetry. Over 400 poems are ordered chronologically, each era is given a brief introduction, and the poems have concise notes to help give them historical context. You can rediscover old favorites – like Joyce, Eliot, Ginsberg, Frost, and Plath – while you unearth a plethora of poets that time has unfairly forgotten.