Studying Poetry / Edition 2

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Studying Poetry is a fun, concise and helpful guide to understanding poetry which is divided into three parts, form and meaning, critical approaches and interpreting poetry, all of which help to illuminate the beauty and validity of poetry using a wide variety of examples, from Dylan Thomas to Bob Dylan.

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An accessible and thought-provoking introduction to poetry which takes students through the essentials to enhance both their understanding and their appreciation.

Contains a wonderfully diverse collection of poems, from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas, which truly engage the reader. The authors' style mixes humor with erudition and allows students to easily absorb the information they need without repetitive re-reading. New to this edition is a chapter on the importance of poetry which examines the many ways in which poetry is expressed in youth culture today. This second edition has also seen updates throughout and the introduction of some more contemporary poems to align with course curriculum.

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"Its great virtue lies in the amount of questions it raises. [The authors’] enthusiasm, engagement and occasional knowingly facetious asides should appeal to, and enlighten, bright [students]. They will also find the glossary of technical and theoretical terms very useful."—The Times Educational Supplement
The Times Educational Supplement

Its great virtue lies in the amount of questions it raises. [The authors'] enthusiasm, engagement and occasional knowingly facetious asides should appeal to, and enlighten, bright [students]. They will also find the glossary of technical and theoretical terms very useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340985151
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Matterson is Professor of English and Head of the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Darryl Jones is Senior Lecturer in English at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Form and Meaning
1 Poem and form 9
2 Poem and communication 33
3 Poem and tradition 53
Pt. II Critical Approaches
4 Poem as object 73
5 Poem and author 93
6 Poem and reader 108
Pt. III Interpreting Poetry
7 The poem in history 125
8 Public poetry 143
9 The limits of poetry 156
Further reading 168
Glossary 170
Index 179
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