The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem

The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem

by Shira Wolosky
     
 

Anyone who has been asked to read and understand a poem has probably wondered: What does this really mean? Have I understood this the way I was supposed to? Did I get it? As the least literal of all of forms of creative writing, poetry is for many readers also the most cryptic. Confronted by the mysteries of poetic interpretation, some people are intrigued, some… See more details below

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Anyone who has been asked to read and understand a poem has probably wondered: What does this really mean? Have I understood this the way I was supposed to? Did I get it? As the least literal of all of forms of creative writing, poetry is for many readers also the most cryptic. Confronted by the mysteries of poetic interpretation, some people are intrigued, some become addicted, others are left frustrated. Shira Wolosky's accessibly written book, The Art of Poetry, provides a road map of the poetic form that will help its readers understand and enjoy poetry.

The Art of Poetry offers a step-by-step introduction to skills for reading poetry, working progressively from smaller units such as the individual word, the line, and the image to larger ones, such as verse forms, voice and gender, and metrical patterns. These basic skills of poetic analysis are presented in conjunction with a selection of poems that acquaints the reader with the great lyric poets in the English and American tradition. As a whole, The Art of Poetry presents a vision of poetry as dynamic, historical, and culturally engaged.

About the Author:
Shira Wolosky is Professor of English and American Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195371185
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
313,308
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Word Choice
2. Syntax and the Poetic Line
3. Images: Simile and Metaphor
4. Metaphor and the Sonnet
5. The Sonnet
6. Poetic Conventions
7. More Verse Forms
8. Personification
9. Poetic Voice
10. Gender and Poetic Voice
11. Poetic Rhythm: Metric
12. Poetic Rhythm: Sound and Rhyme
13. Rhetoric: More Tropes
14. Incomplete Figures and the Art of Reading
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliographical Backgrounds
Index of Poems
Index of Poets
Index of Terms and Topics

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