Poetry

Poetry

Poetry

Poetry

Synopsis

Quickly equips you with the strategies you need to deepen your engagement with individual poems. New for this edition:• End-of-chapter exercises and follow-up research tasks• New readings of modern women's poetry• Section on How to Write Poetry with exercises• Suggestions for further reading - both books and websites Based on their extensive teaching experience, the authors provide a lively route map through the main aspects of poetry such as sound effects, rhythm and metre, the typographic display of poems on the page and the language of poetry using practical examples throughout.

Excerpt

The purpose of this book can be expressed in one sentence. It is intended as an accessible survey of those technical aspects of poetry which students of English literature often see as daunting. It attempts to demystify the study of poetry, aiming to explain the issues in a lively and informative fashion. In effect, Poetry is intended as a route map though the poetic maze, with chapters on such essential but often complex issues as rhythm and metre, the use of metaphor in poetry, poetic sound effects and the visual appearance of poetry. Crucially, the book aims to make the jargon of poetry less intimidating, offering clear explanations of poetic terminology allied to close readings which demonstrate how poetry actually works in practice to students studying and writing verse.

This study’s organising principle is tripartite, consisting of the introduction of terminology, exposition and illustration. Our hope is that the text will thus provide a stimulating blend of different types of discussion. Throughout, poetic terms are introduced, explained and demonstrated by citation and analysis. The latter aspect is perhaps the most crucial to the reader. The study of poetic devices, like the study of the terminology of all intellectual disciplines, is best addressed by examples of how poets have actually used these devices. Consequently, each chapter contains several sustained set-piece readings of poems that are presented as illustrations of the critical readings readers can learn to perform for themselves. It is our hope that this book will allow students to move away from the feeling that the formal aspects of poetry are matters which make sense only to a few initiates, and that they will, as a consequence, feel comfortable with these issues in a manner which will directly and practically inform their wider reading, studying and writing of English poetry. If this book . . .

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