The Poetry Handbook

Paperback | January 18, 2006

byJohn Lennard

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The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry, from metre to gender, offer a wide-ranging general account, and end by looking at two or three poems from a smallgroup (including works by Donne, Elizabeth Bishop, Geoffrey Hill, and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott), to build up sustained analytical readings.Thorough and compact, with notes and quotations supplemented by detailed reference to the Norton Anthology of Poetry and a companion website with texts, links, and further discussion, The Poetry Handbook is indispensable for all school and undergraduate students of English. A final chapteraddresses examinations of all kinds, and sample essays by undergraduates are posted on the website. Critical and scholarly terms are italicised and clearly explained, both in the text and in a complete glossary; the volume also includes suggestions for further reading.The first edition, widely praised by teachers and students, showed how the pleasures of poetry are heightened by rigorous understanding and made that understanding readily available. This second edition -- revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website - confirm The PoetryHandbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.

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The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry, from metre to gender, offer a wide-ranging general account, and end by looking at two or three poems from a smallgroup (including works by Donne, Elizabeth Bi...

John Lennard has taught at the universities of London and Cambridge, and for the Open University. He has published three books: But I Digress (1991), the best-selling Poetry Handbook (1996) and The Drama Handbook (2002). He is presently Dean of the Shakespeare Programme at the British-American Drama Academy in London; on the Global Vi...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 18, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265380

ISBN - 13:9780199265381

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Metre2. Form3. Layout4. Punctuation5. Lineation6. Rhyme7. Diction8. Syntax9. History10. Biography11. Gender12. ExamsGlossary and Index of Technical TermsIndex of Poems and Poets Quoted and CitedSelect Bibliography and Further Reading