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Re: Yeah even as someone who considers Shakespeare a chore
There are poetic works that don't need to be anthologized, though: the Fairie Queene, Paradise Lost, the Canterbury Tales, Don Juan, In Memoriam, etc. as well as the original collections like Leaves of Grass, A Shropshire Lad, and Lyrical Ballads. They're leaving out an enormous amount.
The translation issue also raises the point that there are several foreign works on the list with no recommended translations when translations really are a joint venture.
Except for On the Road and LOTR/The Hobbit I think every 20th-century book I've read was for a school assignment.