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Overview

Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes

At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment--including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies--than conventional handbooks or dictionaries.

This is a book that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated by a new editorial team for twenty-first-century students, scholars, and poets
  • More than 250 new entries cover recent terms, movements, and related topics
  • Broader international coverage includes articles on the poetries of more than 110 nations, regions, and languages
  • Expanded coverage of poetries of the non-Western and developing worlds
  • Updated bibliographies and cross-references
  • New, easier-to-use page design
  • Fully indexed for the first time
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013

"[T]he Princeton Encyclopedia has earned its reputation as the standard reference work for the array of topics comprehended by the study of poetry. . . . [I]ts coverage of an impressive range of poetic traditions hitherto relatively unheralded in mainstream Western criticism is one of its most prominent achievements. . . . [T]his edition of the Encyclopedia has turned concertedly to expert specialists in non-Western poetries like never quite before, which allows for subtle, well-informed and finely grained entries across (almost) the full range of world poetries. . . . [T]his fourth edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia superlatively fulfils its nearly fifty-year-old commitment to, as the preface to the first edition had it, 'accuracy, utility, interest, and . . . thoroughness.'"--Ross Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

"Ever since the first edition of this work, in 1965, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has been a comprehensive and authoritative reference work valued by students, teachers, and poets. . . . This edition will be welcomed by all readers of poetry. It provides so many new essays and updates, and, finally, has an index, which is useful as the Encyclopedia does not include entries on individual poets, but rather discusses them in the context of the larger topics to which they are related. Also beneficial is the new page layout that is easier to read and more conducive to browsing. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (Starred Review)

"This is a huge reference work, and the publicity people at Princeton are justifiably proud of it. Even though this book is about poetry, it is surprisingly complete. For example; I love how the book discusses the poetry of a people and ties it to their history--I mean, I could read this book for the historical context of a particular body of ethnic or linguistic poetry alone, but of course, there is plenty of poetry in here, too. If you are a poet, a student of poetry or if you (like me) love reading poetry, then this is, without any doubt, the book for you! It certainly would make an excellent gift for the poet, scholar or poetry lover in your life."--Devorah Bennu, GrrlScientist

"[W]orthy. . . . [M]onumental."--Stuart Mitchner, Town Topics

"[I]f you're a student of poetry, you'll want to own a copy. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics goes far beyond a beginner's guide to poetry, and the new Fourth Edition is a worthy update to an already excellent encyclopedia series."--Poetry International

"The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a stupendous work. . . . What makes it unique and extremely valuable is the exhaustive entries. . . . Running into 1639 pages, in single volume, this is a huge contribution to the study of poetry and poetics. Any student of literature and linguistics should have a copy as it introduces the reader to every nuance of poetry, in its finest. A marvelous work indeed."--Vaidehi Nathan, Organiser

"[O]ne of the greatest literary reference works in all of poetry. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is an excellent, worthy addition to anyone's collection."--John Cowans, BookPleasures

"This belongs on the desk of anyone teaching creative writing or literature, and anyone over the age of twelve who is serious about poetry."--Barbara Berman, Rumpus

"You can't say enough about The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, because it has already said just about everything. It is an encyclopedia, after all, but more than that, it is a thoroughly illuminating text that contains everything a poet or critic might need to know, from Accentual-Syllabic Verse to Zulu poetry. To put it simply, it is the most fascinating book on poetics published this year."--Stephan Delbos, Body
"[T]his encyclopedia is a bargain for anyone seriously interested in poetry. . . . This Princeton Encyclopedia, for all its contemporaneity, has the bonus of several hundred years' scholarship behind it. . . . The entries . . . are scholarly and extremely wide-ranging. All kinds of poetry are . . . taken seriously and the traditions of all major languages--and many minor ones--are treated in considerable detail."--Geoff Page, Age

"Roland Greene and associates have done a tremendous job in revising Terry Brogan's and Alex Preminger's magisterial 3d edition of this classic work. It's a vast compendium of poetic lore, terminology, technique, and history with an astutely chosen set of contributors. At 1664 pages, I am still cruising the book and wishing I had the digital edition as well. This is a work to dip into at any page for a wealth of detailed and often absorbingly arcane information. PEPP is up to date, with entries for new poetic developments right up to the present (yes, Lavinia, Conceptual poetry, Kootenay school, and Flarf have entries, along with my own précis on 'absorption,' and new entries on antropofagia, codework, cognitive poetics, Xul, Sanskrit poetry, and many more). The index alone is worth the price of admission. . . . As a kid (and as the kid I still am) I read through dictionaries and encyclopedias, a to z; this book holds that same kind of transfixing fascination. It also shows how new encyclopaedias (I prefer that spelling) can remain relevant in the wake of Wiki. Each of the entries is signed and bears the stamp of its author. While scholarly and descriptive in tone, the book has a thousand different points of view of what poetry is and how it works, hundreds of contradictory, or at least competing, programs. As with the best compendia of odd facts and magical formulae, the wild swerve from one entry to the next offers delight upon delight."--Charles Bernstein, Lemon Hound

"With 1,000-plus entries (some 250 of which are new), this edition expands and updates the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, with a more detailed focus on international traditions not often included in English-language reference tools. . . . This volume will be a valuable addition for universities, and for colleges with MFA programs in creative writing."--Choice

"[I]t is a browser's gem. This fully indexed Encyclopedia is user friendly and of immense interests to poets, editors, scholars and everyone interested in poetry. With the wealth of information it contains it is great value for money and in my opinion is far more reliable than researching on line."--Les Merton, Poetry Cornwall

"There is a wealth of interest and debate in this impressive book. It is pretty hefty and not for reading on a train but can be dipped into or the specific topics studied in individual detail."--Stella Stocker, Weyfarers

"Ever since its first publication in 1965, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics has oft been referred to as the ultimate, authoritative reference with regards the study of poetry. With its menagerie of terms, concepts, schools, movements and international tradition(s), contained herein is an almost one-of-kind reference book. It's so good--it makes for interesting and stimulating reading in its own right; and there really aren't many reference books one can say that about!"--David Marx, David Marx Book Reviews

"The Princeton Encyclopedia is a superb achievement, an essential item for university libraries supporting literature courses and I would strongly urge public libraries to also purchase a copy."--Linda Kemp, Reference Reviews

Writer's Digest
Praise for previous editions: As essential for any working poet as a good dictionary.
Choice
With 1,000-plus entries (some 250 of which are new), this edition expands and updates the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, with a more detailed focus on international traditions not often included in English-language reference tools. . . . This volume will be a valuable addition for universities, and for colleges with MFA programs in creative writing.
Booklist
Praise for previous editions: The standard source for information on the history and criticism of poetry and poetic technique and theory.
Yale Review
Praise for previous editions: Provides one-stop shopping for the needs that formerly demanded a round of reference roulette among a handbook of poetic forms, a dictionary of literary terms, and a manual of rhetoric.
MultiCultural Review
Praise for previous editions: This is one book that genuinely deserves to be called 'essential.'
Threepenny Review - Thom Gunn
Praise for previous editions: It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO—and I thought I could catch them out there.
Lemon Hound - Charles Bernstein
Roland Greene and associates have done a tremendous job in revising Terry Brogan's and Alex Preminger's magisterial 3d edition of this classic work. It's a vast compendium of poetic lore, terminology, technique, and history with an astutely chosen set of contributors. At 1664 pages, I am still cruising the book and wishing I had the digital edition as well. This is a work to dip into at any page for a wealth of detailed and often absorbingly arcane information. PEPP is up to date, with entries for new poetic developments right up to the present (yes, Lavinia, Conceptual poetry, Kootenay school, and Flarf have entries, along with my own précis on 'absorption,' and new entries on antropofagia, codework, cognitive poetics, Xul, Sanskrit poetry, and many more). The index alone is worth the price of admission. . . . As a kid (and as the kid I still am) I read through dictionaries and encyclopedias, a to z; this book holds that same kind of transfixing fascination. It also shows how new encyclopaedias (I prefer that spelling) can remain relevant in the wake of Wiki. Each of the entries is signed and bears the stamp of its author. While scholarly and descriptive in tone, the book has a thousand different points of view of what poetry is and how it works, hundreds of contradictory, or at least competing, programs. As with the best compendia of odd facts and magical formulae, the wild swerve from one entry to the next offers delight upon delight.
Modern Language Journal
Praise for previous editions: An extraordinarily helpful volume that will save untold hours of reference time for the student, the general reader, and the literary scholar.
BookPleasures
[O]ne of the greatest literary reference works in all of poetry. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is an excellent, worthy addition to anyone's collection.
— John Cowans
Threepenny Review
Praise for previous editions: It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO—and I thought I could catch them out there.
— Thom Gunn
Rumpus
This belongs on the desk of anyone teaching creative writing or literature, and anyone over the age of twelve who is serious about poetry.
— Barbara Berman
Town Topics
[W]orthy. . . . [M]onumental.
— Stuart Mitchner
Classical Journal
Praise for previous editions: A reference work of distinction which all who work in the field of literary studies will find extremely useful if not, indeed, indispensable.
GrrlScientist
This is a huge reference work, and the publicity people at Princeton are justifiably proud of it. Even though this book is about poetry, it is surprisingly complete. For example; I love how the book discusses the poetry of a people and ties it to their history—I mean, I could read this book for the historical context of a particular body of ethnic or linguistic poetry alone, but of course, there is plenty of poetry in here, too. If you are a poet, a student of poetry or if you (like me) love reading poetry, then this is, without any doubt, the book for you! It certainly would make an excellent gift for the poet, scholar or poetry lover in your life.
— Devorah Bennu
Poetry International
[I]f you're a student of poetry, you'll want to own a copy. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics goes far beyond a beginner's guide to poetry, and the new Fourth Edition is a worthy update to an already excellent encyclopedia series.
Organizer
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a stupendous work.
— Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Organiser - Vaidehi Nathan
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a stupendous work. . . . What makes it unique and extremely valuable is the exhaustive entries. . . . Running into 1639 pages, in single volume, this is a huge contribution to the study of poetry and poetics. Any student of literature and linguistics should have a copy as it introduces the reader to every nuance of poetry, in its finest. A marvelous work indeed.
GrrlScientist - Devorah Bennu
This is a huge reference work, and the publicity people at Princeton are justifiably proud of it. Even though this book is about poetry, it is surprisingly complete. For example; I love how the book discusses the poetry of a people and ties it to their history—I mean, I could read this book for the historical context of a particular body of ethnic or linguistic poetry alone, but of course, there is plenty of poetry in here, too. If you are a poet, a student of poetry or if you (like me) love reading poetry, then this is, without any doubt, the book for you! It certainly would make an excellent gift for the poet, scholar or poetry lover in your life.
Body - Stephan Delbos
You can't say enough about The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, because it has already said just about everything. It is an encyclopedia, after all, but more than that, it is a thoroughly illuminating text that contains everything a poet or critic might need to know, from Accentual-Syllabic Verse to Zulu poetry. To put it simply, it is the most fascinating book on poetics published this year.
Town Topics - Stuart Mitchner
[W]orthy. . . . [M]onumental.
BookPleasures - John Cowans
[O]ne of the greatest literary reference works in all of poetry. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is an excellent, worthy addition to anyone's collection.
Rumpus - Barbara Berman
This belongs on the desk of anyone teaching creative writing or literature, and anyone over the age of twelve who is serious about poetry.
Age - Geoff Page
[T]his encyclopedia is a bargain for anyone seriously interested in poetry. . . . This Princeton Encyclopedia, for all its contemporaneity, has the bonus of several hundred years' scholarship behind it. . . . The entries . . . are scholarly and extremely wide-ranging. All kinds of poetry are . . . taken seriously and the traditions of all major languages—and many minor ones—are treated in considerable detail.
Poetry Cornwall - Les Merton
[I]t is a browser's gem. This fully indexed Encyclopedia is user friendly and of immense interests to poets, editors, scholars and everyone interested in poetry. With the wealth of information it contains it is great value for money and in my opinion is far more reliable than researching on line.
Weyfarers - Stella Stocker
There is a wealth of interest and debate in this impressive book. It is pretty hefty and not for reading on a train but can be dipped into or the specific topics studied in individual detail.
Writer's Digest

Praise for previous editions: "As essential for any working poet as a good dictionary.

Choice

Praise for previous editions: "Should delight browsers and scholars alike. A must for all libraries.

Booklist

Praise for previous editions: "The standard source for information on the history and criticism of poetry and poetic technique and theory.

Yale Review

Praise for previous editions: "Provides one-stop shopping for the needs that formerly demanded a round of reference roulette among a handbook of poetic forms, a dictionary of literary terms, and a manual of rhetoric.

MultiCultural Review

Praise for previous editions: "This is one book that genuinely deserves to be called 'essential.'

Modern Language Journal

Praise for previous editions: "An extraordinarily helpful volume that will save untold hours of reference time for the student, the general reader, and the literary scholar.

Threepenny Review

Praise for previous editions: "It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO—and I thought I could catch them out there.
— Thom Gunn

Classical Journal

Praise for previous editions: "A reference work of distinction which all who work in the field of literary studies will find extremely useful if not, indeed, indispensable.

Writer's Digest

Praise for previous editions: "As essential for any working poet as a good dictionary.
Choice

Praise for previous editions: "Should delight browsers and scholars alike. A must for all libraries.
Booklist

Praise for previous editions: "The standard source for information on the history and criticism of poetry and poetic technique and theory.
Yale Review

Praise for previous editions: "Provides one-stop shopping for the needs that formerly demanded a round of reference roulette among a handbook of poetic forms, a dictionary of literary terms, and a manual of rhetoric.
MultiCultural Review

Praise for previous editions: "This is one book that genuinely deserves to be called 'essential.'
Modern Language Journal

Praise for previous editions: "An extraordinarily helpful volume that will save untold hours of reference time for the student, the general reader, and the literary scholar.
Threepenny Review

Praise for previous editions: "It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO--and I thought I could catch them out there.
— Thom Gunn
Classical Journal

Praise for previous editions: "A reference work of distinction which all who work in the field of literary studies will find extremely useful if not, indeed, indispensable.
Library Journal
Ever since the first edition of this work, in 1965, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has been a comprehensive and authoritative reference work valued by students, teachers, and poets. Its intention has been to be worldwide in scope, concerning the "history, theory, technique and criticism of poetry from the earliest times to the present." Entries have included terms and concepts; genres and forms; periods, schools, and movements; the poetry of nations, regions, and languages; and poetry in relation to other cultural forms, disciplines, and social practices such as linguistics, religion, and science. This new edition edited by Greene (English & comparative literature, Stanford Univ.) and others includes 1100 entries that range from brief overviews to in-depth essays of 15,000 words, including 250 new entries and many revised and "reconceived" ones. Among the new entries are discussions of the Black Mountain school; écriture; fractal verse; gay, lesbian, and Nuyorican poetry; poiësis; poetry slams; Bosnian poetry; popular and modern poetry of China; and much more. The bibliographies included with each essay are also fully updated. Contributors come from major colleges and universities worldwide. VERDICT This edition will be welcomed by all readers of poetry. It provides so many new essays and updates, and, finally, has an index, which is useful as the Encyclopediadoes not include entries on individual poets, but rather discusses them in the context of the larger topics to which they are related. Also beneficial is the new page layout that is easier to read and more conducive to browsing, Highly recommended. —Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691154916
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1664
  • Sales rank: 500,344
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Roland Greene is the Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Clare Cavanagh is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. Jahan Ramazani is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Paul F. Rouzer is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota.
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Table of Contents


Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Topical List of Entries xv

Bibliographical Abbreviations xxiii

General Abbreviations xxvii

Contributors xxviii

Entries A to Z 1

Index 1555

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Comprehensive Guide to Poetry and Poetics Invaluable to Scholar and Poet Alike

    A great deal of work (six years in fact, although many, many more, if the combined multiple years of experience and scholarship of the contributors to this grand volume are taken into consideration) has gone into the compilation of this comprehensive guide to the vast field of Poetics, which embraces both the theoretical and the practical study of poetry. This volume, which is the fourth edition of this leading work, is founded, as well as much expanded, on the three preceding noteworthy editions. The distinguished team of editors that refined and brought the previous work that had been done on this insightful and leading work completely up-to-date personally evaluated each and every entry in the preceding edition, which was brought out almost two decades ago, in 1993, in order to see which should be retained, which amended with information that had since become available, and which should be entirely replaced with more relevant and contemporary insights, either on long-standing topics and issues, or on ones that had emerged during the time period concerned. An outstanding feature of this work has been the amount of collaboration that has contributed towards it remaining a key work in the extensive field of poetry and Poetics. Not only have the latest contributors to this volume worked jointly on a number of the entries, but previous contributors have, on many occasions, also had their say, and have been fully acknowledged for so doing, on how, where relevant, certain entries could be made more extensive and more contemporaneous. Of the more than 1,100 entries that fill the pages of this exceptionally well-written volume, 250 entries are completely new, attesting to the significant extent of strides in the field of Poetics that have occurred over the last two decades, including the number of new schools of thought that have emerged during this period. The coverage of international poetries and movements, and the effect of new digital media on the development of poetry and its critique, has also been broadened and made more intensive. Although the 1639+ pages of the current volume have not allowed for the inclusion of individual entries on specific poets or their works, many of the entries contain allusions to such, with the expanded and contemporized bibliographies accompanying the entries serving as a key to further perusal of supplementary and complementary material on the more specific elements involved. In addition, the brand-new index, which was lacking in the previous three editions of this magnum opus, provides access to the subtopics contained within the larger entries. The entries that the Encyclopedia contains, in alphabetical order, consist of the following types: terms and concepts; genres and forms; periods, schools, and movements; the poetries of nations, regions, and languages; and poetry in relation to other cultural forms, disciplines, and social practices, such as linguistics, religion, and science. In short, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is to be thoroughly recommended, not only for its broad sweep of history and for its worldwide coverage (with much additional focus on the poetry and Poetics of Latin America, East and South Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe), but also for its clear organisation and presentation that is in keeping with sound academic principles.

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