Poetry: The Basics / Edition 2

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Overview

"This comprehensive guide demystifies the world of poetry, exploring poetic forms and traditions which can at first seem bewildering. Showing how any reader can gain more pleasure from poetry, it looks at the ways in which poetry interacts with the language we use in our everyday lives and explores how poems use language and form to create meaning." "Drawing on examples ranging from Chaucer to children's rhymes, Cole Porter to Carol Ann Duffy, and from around the English-speaking world, it looks at aspects including : how technical aspects such as rhythm and measures work; how different tones of voice affect a poem; how poetic language relates to everyday language; how different types of poetry work, from sonnets to free verse; and how the form and 'space' of a poem contribute to its meaning." Poetry: The Basics is an invaluable and easy-to-read guide for anyone wanting to get to grips with reading and writing poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415566162
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Basics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 948,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Wainwright is a poet, translator, and critic. He taught for many years at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Professor in the Department of English until 2008.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Because there is language there is poetry 1
2 Deliberate space 7
3 Tones of voice 30
4 The verse line : measures 56
5 'Free verse' 85
6 Rhyme 102
7 Stanza 121
8 Image - imagination - inspiration 156
Conclusion 180
Glossary 182
Bibliography 206
Index 215
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