Doorways to Poetry


Doorways to Poetry is a basic introduction to poetry. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the writing and appreciation of the art.

Untermeyer presents in a clear and direct manner the fundamentals of a poet's craft. To provide the reader with examples of the basics, he presents a rich portfolio of classic poetic works to underscore the nature, diction, types and forms. Hundreds of poets are included in this collection.

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Doorways to Poetry is a basic introduction to poetry. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the writing and appreciation of the art.

Untermeyer presents in a clear and direct manner the fundamentals of a poet's craft. To provide the reader with examples of the basics, he presents a rich portfolio of classic poetic works to underscore the nature, diction, types and forms. Hundreds of poets are included in this collection.

Author Biography: Louis Untermeyer was author, anthologist, and translator of more than a hundred books for readers of all ages. He is best remembered as a prolific anthologist whose treasuries introduced students to contemporary poetry for decades. His collections of Modern American Poetry and Modern British Poetry, revised and amplified, have sold over a million copies. He is said to have introduced more poets to readers and more readers to poets than any other American.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595006526
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2000
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Nature of Poetry
1. Why Poetry? 1
An Approach to Poetry
Is Poetry Peculiar?
Is Poetry Effeminate?
Is Poetry "Obscure"?
Is Poetry Difficult?
Poetry and Youth
The Reading of Poetry
What Do We Bring?
2. Prose or Poetry 20
Some of the Questions
The Basis of Poetry
How Imagination Works
Tests for the Imaginative Sense
Range of the Imagination
Prose and Poetry
The Basic Distinctions
Seeing with Our Imagination
3. Hurdles to Enjoyment--and How to Take Them 36
The Way Poetry is Printed
The Rhythm
Unusual Words and Word-Order
The Image
The Image Analyzed
Defining Poetry
The Final Effect
Taking the Hurdles
4. Music, Meaning, and Memory 54
Music and Meaning
Singing and Talking
Speed and Strength
Music and Memory
The Ideal Combination
Re-Making Music and Meaning
5. Rhythm 69
Source of Rhythm
Rhythm and Repetition
Thinking in "Time"
Defining Rhythm
Following the Movement
Analysis of "the Highwayman"
Tests of Rhythm
Contrasting Rhythms
Follow the Rhythm!
6. Rhyme 94
What it is--and Why
Kinds of Rhyme
Comic and Serious
Arrangement of Rhyme
Internal Rhyme
A Variation of Rhyme: Assonance
The Power of Rhyme
Experiments in Rhymes
7. Comparison, Exaggeration, and Sound-Effects 115
The Comparison Stated: the Simile
The Comparison Implied: the Metaphor
The Comparison Dramatized: Personification
The Direct Address: Apostrophe
Repetition of Letters
Imitation of Sounds
Creating Images and Sound-Effects
8. The Material of Poetry 138
The Three "Powers"
The Power of Suggestion
Comparing Effects
The Power of Observation
The Powers of Idea and Emotion
The Use of Poetry
Applying the Powers of Poetry
Part 2 The Diction of Poetry
9. The Words of Poetry 157
The Choice of Words
Poetic Diction
Selecting the Epithet
Studying the Words of Poetry
10. Words as Sounds 168
Eye and Ear
Words as Music
Vowel and Consonant Sounds
Sound and Color
Sound and Silence
Tests for Effect
Training the Ear
11. Words as Pictures 182
Observation and Imagination
Subjects--and Objects
Kinds and Contrasts
Places and People
Stopping to Look Back
12. Words as Sensations 196
Heat and Cold
Motion and Emotion
Studies in Emotion
The Strangeness of Words
Practice in Words as Sensations
13. Words in New Settings 209
Poems to Sing
The Speaking Choir
Psalms and Ballads for Groups
Suggestions for Reading and Singing
Part 3 The Kinds of Poetry
14. Telling a Story in Verse 216
The Old Ballads
Characteristics of the Ballad
Ballads of Real Events
Modern Ballads
Ballad Range and Variety
Working with Ballads
15. In the First Person 239
How Characters Reveal Themselves
The Dramatic Monolog
Character and Background
The Monolog of Protest
The Mood of Meditation
Knowing People by What They Say
16. The Long Story-Poem 251
Natural and Supernatural
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Analyzing the Effects
Further Guides
17. The Singing Word 278
The Lyric
Characteristics of the Lyric
Different Kinds of Lyrics
The Simple Emotional Lyric
The Pictorial Lyric
The Meditative Lyric
The Dramatic Lyric
Misusing the Lyric
Comparing the Lyrics
Exploring the Music and Ideas
18. Pointed Arrows 298
The Epigram
Epigrams Old and New
The Epitaph
Twentieth Century Epitaphs of Wit
Enjoying the Point
Part 4 The Mind of Poetry
19. The World of Ideas 309
Thought in Poetry
Transformation of the Idea
Idea and Emotion
Man and Nature
"The Art of Living"
Sermons in Rhyme
The Unconquerable Soul
Tracing the Thought
Emotions Which Have Inspired Poetry
20. Dream of a Better World 329
Toward the Vision
The New Voices
Praise and Protest
A Social Conscience
Looking at Our Fellow Men
21. Peaks of Joy and Anger 345
Intensity: The Ode
Beauty and Truth
Sorrow: The Elegy
Scorn and Anger: Satire
Comment and Mockery
Understanding the Poet's Mood
22. Wit and the Sense of Nonsense 359
Fun and Fantasy
Cart-Wheels and Hand-Springs
Light Verse Today
The Sense of Nonsense
Just for Fun
Part 5 The Forms of Poetry
23. How Poetry is Built 373
Feet and Meters
Pattern and Variation
The Prevailing Accent
Examining the Structure of Verse
24. Shapes and Stanzas 385
Units of Verse
The Couplet
The Tercet
The Quatrain
The Quintet
The Cinquain
Defining Stanza Lengths
25. The Sonnet 397
Varieties of the Sonnet
The Shakespearian Sonnet
The Petrarchan Sonnet
The Composite Sonnet
Sonnet Types for Comparison
Theme and Treatment
Understanding the Sonnet
26. Forms Fixed and Free 410
Blank Verse
Blank Verse Good and Bad
Free Verse
Free Verse and Rhyme
The Borderland Between Verse and Prose
The Limerick
Analyzing Poetic Forms
Part 6 The Appreciation of Poetry
27. Local and Universal Appeal 429
The Common Material
What is Commonplace?
Local and Universal
Much in Little
The Ugly Duckling
Understanding with all the Senses
28. True and False Emotion 447
What Makes A Poem Good
What Makes a Poem Bad
Exaggerated and Inflated Language
Flat and Dull Phrases
Poorly Chosen Words
Unfulfilled Expectations
False Sentiment
Choosing Good and Bad
Using Our Critical Ability
29. Studying the Poet: His Life and Works 473
Two Modern Pioneers
Rudyard Kipling
Robert Frost
30. Re-Creating Poetry 489
A Few Don't's
The Question of Taste
The Poetic Values
The Poet in You
Acknowledgments 497
Index 501
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