The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

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Getting to grips with poetry and its terminology can be one of the most intimidating parts of literary study. The Poetry Toolkit helps with this problem by giving clear and concise guidance about reading and discussing poetry in an easy-to-use format. By providing accessible commentary on the formal traditions of poetry across the ages and by emphasizing the empowering effect of technical vocabulary, this book encourages confidence and enjoyment.
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Overview

Getting to grips with poetry and its terminology can be one of the most intimidating parts of literary study. The Poetry Toolkit helps with this problem by giving clear and concise guidance about reading and discussing poetry in an easy-to-use format. By providing accessible commentary on the formal traditions of poetry across the ages and by emphasizing the empowering effect of technical vocabulary, this book encourages confidence and enjoyment.
Its simple and clear explanations of key terms, genres and concepts enable readers to develop a richer, more sophisticated approach to reading, thinking and writing about poems.

Moving from introductory overviews to short sections on key concepts, forms and topics, each entry includes a technical definition, a review of its historical and cultural significance, illustrative examples from a range of poems and finally additional reading and suggestions for further work. The Poetry Toolkit offers a practical solution to the difficulties of reading and writing about poetry. It offers any student of poetry the key tools needed to read, study and write about poetry with confidence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441182784
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/14/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,374,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhian Williams is Lecturer in Nineteenth-century Literature at the University of Glasgow, UK.

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Table of Contents

Copyright Acknowledgements \ List of Terms \ Acknoweldgements \ Preface to the 2nd Edition \ Part I: Introducing Poetry \ Introduction: How to Use this Book \ 1. Types and Traditions \ Epic \ Lyric \ Ballad \ Love Poetry \ Elegy \ Pastoral \ Light Verse \ Part II: Technical Vocabulary \ 2. Forms \ Variable Forms \ Fixed Forms \ Visual Forms \ Hybrid Forms \ 'Formless' Forms \ 3. Prosody \ Stress \ Metre \ Feet \ Metrical Lines \ 4. Rhyme \ Perfect Rhymes \ Imperfect Rhymes \ Sight and Sound Effects \ Rhyme Schemes \ 5. Stanza \ One-line Stanzas and Refrains \ Two-line Stanzas (Couplets) \ Three-line Stanzas (Tercets) \ Four-line Stanzas (Quatrains) \ Longer-length Stanzas \ 6. Wordplay \ Tropes \ Schemes \ Part III: Practical \ 7. Close Readings \ Sample close reading of Felicia Hemans \ Sample close reading of Peter McDonald \ Sample close reading of Hart Crane and Frank O'Hara \ Sample close reading of William Carlos Williams \ Sample close reading of William Cowper and Philip Gross \ Sample close reading of Sharon Olds \ Suggested Exercises \ Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading \ Index

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