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Overview

There's no better way for you to learn about poetry and to understand its elements than with PERRINE'S SOUND AND SENSE: AN INTRODUCTION TO POETRY. Both a concise introduction to poetry and an anthology, this classic best-seller succinctly covers the basics of poetry with chapters on the elements of poetry (imagery, figurative language, allusion, tone, rhythm and meter, pattern, etc.), unique materials for evaluating poetry, exemplary poetry selections that you'll enjoy reading, and exercises and study questions that help you understand each selection. Every poem included in this collection is a perfect illustration of the poetic concept at hand, and every reader can benefit from the book's step-by-step examination of how a poem does what it does.

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"Obviously, I love this text—have loved it now for 30 years. . . . I would not take very much out of what is here—it teaches so very well."

"These are all fine poems, to be sure."

"[Chapter 2] is one of my favorite chapters in the book. I remember it helping me over fifteen years ago when I first started teaching poetry at Moorhead State University, and I still find it immensely helpful for my students. I wouldn't change much here."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133307242
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 212,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Arp received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan (1954) and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to Stanford University. In 1955-1956, he produced educational television for the University of Michigan. He received an M.A. from Stanford University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1962. He has taught at Bowdoin College, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, Hull University (England), and Southern Methodist University. Macmillan published his volume, THE FORM OF POETRY, in 1966, and he received a Fulbright lectureship at University of Bucharest (Romania) in 1969-1970. Arp joined Laurence Perrine in preparing revised editions of SOUND AND SENSE, STORY AND STRUCTURE, and LITERATURE: STRUCTURE, SOUND, AND SENSE beginning in 1982. He became sole author of the books in 1997, and was joined by Greg Johnson in 2002.

Greg Johnson received an M.A. in English from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Dr. Johnson is the author of books of fiction, poetry, criticism, and biography, including the recent story collections, LAST ENCOUNTER WITH THE ENEMY (Johns Hopkins, 2004) and WOMEN I'VE KNOWN: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES (Ontario Review, 2007), the novel STICKY KISSES (Alyson Books, 2001), and two books on Joyce Carol Oates: INVISIBLE WRITER: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOYCE CAROL OATES (Plume, 1999), and JOYCE CAROL OATES: CONVERSATIONS 1970-2006 (Ontario Review, 2006). He joined the author team of PERRINE'S LITERATURE in 2002.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Professional Acknowledgments. Foreword to Students. 1. What Is Poetry? 2. Reading the Poem. 3. Denotation and Connotation. 4. Imagery. 5. Figurative Language 1: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy. 6. Figurative Language 2: Symbol, Allegory. 7. Figurative Language 3: Paradox, Overstatement, Understatement. 8. Allusion. 9. Meaning and Idea. 10. Tone. 11. Musical Devices. 12. Rhythm and Meter. 13. Sound and Meaning. 14. Pattern. 15. Evaluating Poetry 1: Sentimental, Rhetorical, Didactic Verse. 16. Evaluating Poetry 2: Poetic Excellence. Part Two: Writing about Poetry. Part Three: Poems for Further Reading. Glossary and Index of Literary Terms. Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines. Copyrights and Acknowledgments.

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