The Art of Poetry How to Read a Poem

Paperback | October 10, 2008

byShira Wolosky

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A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the word, line, and image, to larger features such as verse forms and voice.In fourteen engaging, eloquently written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth howpoetry works while offering brilliant readings of some of the finest lyric poetry in the English and American traditions. Both readers new to poetry and poetry veterans will be moved and enlightened as Wolosky interprets works by William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth,Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others.Featuring a comprehensive bibliography, a glossary of poetic terms, and a new appendix of suggestions for further reading, The Art of Poetry is a rich source of inspiration.

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A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the word, line, and image, to larger features such as verse forms and voice.In fourteen engaging, eloquently written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth howpoetry works while offering brilliant readings o...

Shira Wolosky isProfessor of English and American Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:October 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195371186

ISBN - 13:9780195371185

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Word Choice2. Syntax and the Poetic Line3. Images: Simile and Metaphor4. Metaphor and the Sonnet5. The Sonnet6. Poetic Conventions7. More Verse Forms8. Personification9. Poetic Voice10. Gender and Poetic Voice11. Poetic Rhythm: Metric12. Poetic Rhythm: Sound and Rhyme13. Rhetoric: More Tropes14. Incomplete Figures and the Art of ReadingAppendixGlossaryBibliographical BackgroundsIndex of PoemsIndex of PoetsIndex of Terms and Topics

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"This book is a welcome gift, an arresting vade mecum for student and teacher, reader and writer alike."--Robert Fagles, Princeton University