The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem / Edition 1

The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem / Edition 1

by Shira Wolosky, Shira Wolosky Weiss
     
 

In The Art of Poetry, Shira Wolosky provides a dazzling introduction to an art whose emphasis on verbal music, wordplay, and dodging the merely literal makes it at once the most beguiling and most challenging of literary forms.

A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the

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In The Art of Poetry, Shira Wolosky provides a dazzling introduction to an art whose emphasis on verbal music, wordplay, and dodging the merely literal makes it at once the most beguiling and most challenging of literary forms.

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, beautifully written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth how poetry does what it does 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 work by William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others. The book includes a superb two-chapter discussion of the sonnet's form and history, and represents the first poetry guide to introduce gender as a basic element of analysis.

In contrast to many existing guides, which focus on selected formal aspects like metrics or present definitions and examples in a handbook format, The Art of Poetry covers the full landscape of poetry's subtle art while showing readers how to comprehend a poetic text in all its dimensions. Other special features include Wolosky's consideration of historical background for the developments she discusses, and the way her book is designed to acquaint or reacquaint readers with the core of the lyric tradition in English.

Lively, accessible, and original, The Art of Poetry will be a rich source of inspiration for students, general readers, and those who teach poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138702
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

1Individual Words3
2Syntax and the Poetic Line17
3Images: Simile and Metaphor29
4Metaphor and the Sonnet41
5Verse Forms: The Sonnet53
6Poetic Conventions69
7More Verse Forms81
8Personification93
9Poetic Voice105
10Gender and Poetic Voice119
11Poetic Rhythm: Meter135
12Poetic Rhythm: Sound and Rhyme151
13Rhetoric: More Tropes167
14Incomplete Figures and the Art of Reading181
Glossary195
Bibliographical Backgrounds201
Index of Poems217
Index of Poets221
Index of Terms and Topics223

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