How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

byEdward Hirsch

Paperback | April 17, 2000

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How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can make a difference. In a marvelous reading of verse from around the world, including work by Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, among many others, Hirsch discovers the true meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives.

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EDWARD HIRSCH is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published nine books of poems and five books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Acad...
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Title:How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 17, 2000Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156005662

ISBN - 13:9780156005661

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Poetry has the ability to affect us in ways that other literature cannot. Poet and critic Edward Hirsch helps readers open up their imaginations in How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Hirsch examines the works of such legendary poets as Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens and Pablo Neruda, identifying the true meaning of their ideas and the emotional impact these beautiful, powerful words have on the reader. By approaching poetry with reverence and knowledge, you will learn how to find the sublime message in a verse, making the reading poetry an activity that will give you joy throughout life.

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A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."-The Baltimore Sun"Hirsch's contribution is significant, [grounded] in the obvious pleasure he has experienced through words. . . . Who could resist the wiles of this poetry-broker-a writer rapidly becoming the baby boomers' preeminent man of letters?"-Detroit Free Press"Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of how to read a poem is: Ecstatically."-The Boston Book Review "