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Classic Writings on Poetry
     

Classic Writings on Poetry

by William Harmon (Editor)
 

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Whole works and excerpts reveal the thoughts on poetry in general and on particular poems, poets, styles, and schools by 32 critics ranging from Plato and Horace through Snorri Sturluson and Alexander Pope to Ezra Pound and Laura Riding Jackson. Harmon (English and comparative literature, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) provides biographical sketches and

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Whole works and excerpts reveal the thoughts on poetry in general and on particular poems, poets, styles, and schools by 32 critics ranging from Plato and Horace through Snorri Sturluson and Alexander Pope to Ezra Pound and Laura Riding Jackson. Harmon (English and comparative literature, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) provides biographical sketches and introductions, but no index or bibliography. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231123709
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2003
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

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