Classic Writings on Poetry

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The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"

"[The poet] is a seer.... he is individual... he is complete in himself.... the others are as good as he, only he sees it and they do not. He is not one of the chorus. "--Walt Whitman, from the preface to Leaves of Grass

Poetry has always given rise to interpretation, judgment, and controversy. Indeed, the ...

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Overview

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"

"[The poet] is a seer.... he is individual... he is complete in himself.... the others are as good as he, only he sees it and they do not. He is not one of the chorus. "--Walt Whitman, from the preface to Leaves of Grass

Poetry has always given rise to interpretation, judgment, and controversy. Indeed, the history of poetry criticism is as rich and varied a journey as the history of poetry itself. But classic writings such as Emerson's essay "The Poet" and Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass serve as more than a critical "call and response": the works are striking examples of how the finest poets themselves have written on poetics and the works of their peers and predecessors--revealing, in the process, much about the theory and passion behind their own works.

Spanning thousands of years and including thirty-three of the most influential critical essays ever written, Classic Writings on Poetry is the first major anthology of criticism devoted exclusively to poetry. Beginning with a survey of the history of poetics and providing an introduction and brief biography for each reading, esteemed poet and critic William Harmon takes readers from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Poetics to the Norse mythology of Snorri Sturluson's Sk√°ldskaparm√°l. John Dryden's An Essay of Dramatic Poesy and Shelley's A Defence of Poetry are included, as is an excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's verse novel Aurora Leigh, arriving, finally, at the modernist sensibility of "Poetic Reality and Critical Unreality," by Laura (Riding) Jackson. For anyone interested in the art and artifice of poetry, Classic Writings on Poetry is a journey well worth taking.

Columbia University Press

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Controversy has long surrounded the poem. Sliding like an amoeba from one philosophy, culture, and generation to the next, it has only one truly defining feature: that it cannot be defined. In this groundbreaking anthology of criticism devoted strictly to poetry, poet and critic Harmon (humanities, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) collects some of the most influential writing on poetry by such philosophical royalty as Plato, Aristotle, Milton, Sir Philip Sidney, Wordsworth, and Emily Dickinson. Readers are given a peek through the hole of history's fence into the lives and worlds of our poetic geniuses and reminded of the poem's matchless role in conveying reverence, remembering wars, recording history, entertaining, expressing deep emotion, and above all, allowing the finite mind, for one moment, to contain infinity. Where Plato would consider poetry a corruptible force for youth, Sir Philip Sidney saw poetry as God's creative nature shown in humankind. Harmon not only supplies a useful survey of the history of specific poetics in the general introduction, but he also presents an introduction to each reading and a brief biography of each author. Recommended for upper-level academia and special collections in history and poetics.-Kim Harris, Rochester P.L., NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Harmon presents a fine collection in the study of poetics -- i.e., the study of what poetry is, and should be -- from classical antiquity into the early 20th century.... Recommended.

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Harmon presents a fine collection in the study of poetics--i.e., the study of what poetry is, and should be--from classical antiquity into the early 20th century.... Recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231123709
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2003
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Poet, critic, and anthologist, William Harmon is the James Gordon Hanes Professor in the Humanities (English and Comparative Literature) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the editor of The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, The Top 500 Poems, and The Classic Hundred Poems, all published by Columbia, as well as The Oxford Book of American Light Verse.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Plato 1
The republic (excerpt) 3
2 Aristotle 31
Poetics 33
3 Horace 63
"Ars poetica" 64
4 Publius Cornelius Tacitus 75
Germania (excerpt) 76
5 Longinus (?) 79
"On the sublime" (excerpt) 80
6 Snorri Sturluson 107
Skaldskaparmal 109
7 Sir Philip Sidney 115
The defence of poesy 117
8 John Milton 153
"Of education" (excerpt) 155
9 John Dryden 157
An essay of dramatic poesy 159
10 Alexander Pope 207
An essay on criticism 209
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot 229
11 Samuel Johnson 243
Lives of the poets (excerpts) 245
"Life of Milton" 245
"Preface to Abraham Cowley" 253
"Life of Dryden" 256
"Life of Thomas Gray" 263
12 Thomas Gray 269
The progress of poesy 271
13 William Wordsworth 277
Observations prefixed to Lyrical ballads 279
14 Samuel Taylor Coleridge 297
Biographia Literaria, Chapter XIV 299
15 Francis Jeffrey 305
The state of modern poetry (excerpt) 307
16 William Hazlitt 313
On poetry in general (excerpt) 315
17 Thomas Love Peacock 317
The four ages of poetry (excerpt) 318
18 George Gordon, Lord Byron 331
English bards and Scotch reviewers (excerpt) 333
19 Percy Bysshe Shelley 349
A defence of poetry 351
20 William Cullen Bryant 375
The poet 377
21 John Keats 379
Poems 381
22 Ralph Waldo Emerson 385
The poet (excerpt) 387
23 Elizabeth Barrett Browning 405
Aurora Leigh, fifth book (excerpt) 407
24 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 423
Poems 424
25 Edgar Allan Poe 429
The philosophy of composition 431
26 Walt Whitman 441
Preface to Leaves of grass, first edition 443
27 Matthew Arnold 461
The study of poetry 463
28 Emily Dickinson 485
Poems 487
29 Rudyard Kipling 493
"Proofs of holy writ" 495
30 Ezra pound 507
A retrospect 508
31 T. S. Eliot 519
The possibility of a poetic drama 521
32 Laura (Riding) Jackson 527
Poetic reality and critical unreality 529
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