Poetry: An Introduction

Poetry: An Introduction

by John Strachan, Richard Terry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814797970

ISBN-13: 9780814797976

Pub. Date: 04/16/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

Poetry: An Introduction is an accessible and clearly written introduction to the structural and methodological principles underpinning poetry and its study. It aims to equip the student, researcher, and general reader with a body of technical information that will sharpen and deepen their engagement with individual poems.

Strachan and Terry provide a

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Poetry: An Introduction is an accessible and clearly written introduction to the structural and methodological principles underpinning poetry and its study. It aims to equip the student, researcher, and general reader with a body of technical information that will sharpen and deepen their engagement with individual poems.

Strachan and Terry provide a lively map through what might on first experience seem the most daunting aspects of poetry: poetic sound effects, rhythm and meter, the typographic display of poems on the page, the language of poetry, and the use made by poets of techniques of comparison and association. The book's discussion of poetic terminology is allied throughout to illustrative readings that show the usefulness of the terminology in approaching particular poems; its emphasis is always a practical one, demonstrating how poems actually work.

Beginning with an historical overview of the development of English poetry from its earliest origins and finishing with an authoritative dictionary of poetical terms, Poetry: An Introduction is an indispensable guide to the understanding of poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814797976
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The key words of poetry8
1.1What is poetry?9
1.2The key words of English poetic history14
2The shape of poetry24
2.1The aesthetics of print24
2.2Pictograms and concrete poems25
2.3Visible but unreadable29
2.4Layout and punctuation32
2.5The poetic stanza and stanzaic form35
3The sound of poetry49
3.1Poetic sound effects: an overview49
3.2Onomatopoeia53
3.3Sound/patterning57
3.4Rhyme59
3.5The 'orthodox' rhyme62
3.6Some 'unorthodox' rhymes63
3.7Some indeterminacies of rhyme69
3.8Rhyme and meaning72
4Metre and rhythm75
4.1Complexities in the study of metre76
4.2The key metrical units77
4.3Metrical regularity and variance81
4.4'Missing' and 'extra' syllables82
4.5Feet84
4.6Iambic metre84
4.7Trochaic metre93
4.8Dactylic metre98
4.9Anapaestic metre99
4.10Occasional feet101
4.11Metrical verse lines102
4.12Free verse111
5Comparisons and associations115
5.1Literal v. figurative115
5.2Metaphor and simile116
5.3Metonymy and synecdoche119
5.4Tenor, vehicle and ground123
5.5Conceits and extended similes128
5.6Dead and dying metaphors133
5.7Riddle poems138
6The words of poetry142
6.1Linguistic diversity142
6.2Poetic diction146
6.3Poetry of the everyday language151
6.4Creating your own language153
6.5Diction and argots156
6.6Poems about language160
6.7The Queen's (and other people's) English163
A glossary of poetical terms167
Index195

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