Poetry Classics (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)by SparkNotes
Inside, you'll find thorough, insightful overviews of the context that informs the work of each poet. Every chapter also has summaries and analyses of major poems/i>
SparkNotes Poetry Classics is a one-stop guide to 16 of the greatest poets in the English language and their most significant poems -- some of the most remarkable masterpieces of Western literature.
Inside, you'll find thorough, insightful overviews of the context that informs the work of each poet. Every chapter also has summaries and analyses of major poems, from Keat's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" to Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and Whitman's "Song of Myself." In most cases, we've even included the poems for easy reference. Plus we explain important themes, motifs, and symbols. Poetry Classics gives you everything you need to understand these great writers and their verse.
In-depth coverage of major poets and their work
- William Shakespeare's Sonnets
- William Blake's "The Tyger"
- Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death --"
- Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
- T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land
- And many more...
This guide also includes a comprehensive glossary of important terms and poetic movements. We even give you explanations and examples that help you fully understand how to use the terms and refer to the movements.
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This has been very helpful as I prepare for the Praxis tests in English. Poetry was never my strong suit, and since I graduated over 30 years ago with a degree in English, I really needed this. I wish I had it back then! Well worth the time and money.
I've always been interested in poetry, but I often ran into obstacles. Sometimes the obstacle was simply understanding what a poem was saying. At other times, it was understanding the underlying meaning(s) and symbolism of a poem. I wish this book had existed thirty years ago. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
This book totally saved my life in my Literary Interpretation class at NYU. On top of that, it actually got me interested in poetry (not a small accomplishment for a bio major). The analyses of the poems are really good and helped me understand how to read poetry. Sometimes I disagreed with some things the book says, but it always makes its case very well and I think the fact that I had my own interpretations of the poems shows how helpful the book was at getting me to read poetry critically. If you're like me and just starting out with poetry, I don't think there's a better book you could read.
As an English teacher, I try to keep abreast of what SparkNotes is producing. When I first saw Poetry Classics, I rolled my eyes, but from the first poet to the last, the book is full of interesting, smart, and compelling readings of great poems (as well as the poems--or selections-- themselves). I heartily recommend it for readers interested in an introduction to some of the greatest poets in the English language, be those readers students or just people interested in poetry. As for teachers: If you forget to plan a lesson one day and it's been a while since you read Donne or Dickinson, this book will get the juices flowing in no time. It's simply one of the best titles they've done.