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Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud

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A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud.
This lively, abundant book is distinguished by its focus on hearing poetry read aloud. Robert Pinsky, beloved for his ability to bring poetry to life as spoken language, has collected poems that sound marvelous in a reader’s actual or imagined voice. Pinsky has organized the book into sections with brief introductions that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and ...

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Overview

A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud.
This lively, abundant book is distinguished by its focus on hearing poetry read aloud. Robert Pinsky, beloved for his ability to bring poetry to life as spoken language, has collected poems that sound marvelous in a reader’s actual or imagined voice. Pinsky has organized the book into sections with brief introductions that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and reflective process of listening to poetry. This structure provides an implicit, generous definition-by-example of poetry itself: beginning with “Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes” and “Long Lines” and proceeding through fundamental themes such as “Love Poems,” “Odes, Complaints, and Celebrations,” and “Jokes, Ripostes, Parodies, and Insults.”Essential Pleasures gives a fresh setting to traditional favorites, including poems by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost, placed among contemporary poems by John Ashbery, Louise Glu¨ck, Yusef Komunyakaa, and many others. This is an inviting and distinguished collection and an essential book for every home.

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In the past 20 years or so, poetry has grown from a purely academic or avant-garde domain into a popular, accessible activity. Much of the credit for this progression can be attributed to the work done by Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, and a few others. In this 528-page anthology, Pinsky collects verse, both contemporary and classic, that best reflects poetry as a spoken art. The accompanying audio CD showcases these poems, which range from brief rhymed lyrics to extended sonorous odes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393066081
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 624,704
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, his Selected Poems. His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, was released in 2012. As United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (www.favoritepoem.org), in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems. That project gave rise to the previous anthologies, Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry, with each poem accompanied by readers’ comments. Pinsky teaches at Boston University.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Essential for Everyone

    If you want to read poetry for pleasure but don't always think you know enough about poetry to "get it", this book is for you. This book is also great for those who already love reading poetry because Robert Pinshky introduces you to poets rarely heard. If you want to learn more about the construction of poetry, this book is fantastic as the chapters are arranged by category with introductions to that style (short lines, frequent rhymes, long lines, strophes and parallelism, love poems, ballads etc) which are interesting and I feel I have learned quite a lot. This book is a gem!

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