The Pursuit of Poetry:A Guide to Its Understanding and Appreciation with an Explanation of Its Forms and a Dictionary of Poetic Terms

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In this classic reference work, Louis Untermeyer gives us our American poetry in its essential pieces. Written by one of the great twentieth century readers, reading poetry becomes an art easily understood and accessed by all. Whether you are looking for the basic elements of a sonnet or want to read further about poetic image or the place of twentieth century poetry in the larger canon this book "pursues" the questions and offers surprisingly insightful and satisfying answers. Know what a sestina is? Whether you...
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Overview

In this classic reference work, Louis Untermeyer gives us our American poetry in its essential pieces. Written by one of the great twentieth century readers, reading poetry becomes an art easily understood and accessed by all. Whether you are looking for the basic elements of a sonnet or want to read further about poetic image or the place of twentieth century poetry in the larger canon this book "pursues" the questions and offers surprisingly insightful and satisfying answers. Know what a sestina is? Whether you answer "yes" or "no," this book is for you: a must have for any serious reader or writer of poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595100651
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/14/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,095,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Of English Verse 9
A Foreword 11
I The Anatomy of Poetry
The Definition of Poetry 15
The Experience of Poetry 23
The Province of Poetry 28
The Words of Poetry 36
The Sound and Sense of Poetry 43
The Styles of Poetry 51
The Images of Poetry 56
The Conceits of Poetry 64
The Ambiguities of Poetry 71
The Interpretation of Poetry 79
The Criticism of Poetry 88
The Conventions of Poetry 94
The Prose of Poetry 100
The Reading of Poetry 107
The Translation of Poetry 112
The Playfulness of Poetry 118
The Oddities of Poetry 124
II The Craft of Poetry
A Dictionary of Devices, a Handbook of Poetic Terms, and a Compendium of Metrical Patterns From Ballads to Ballades, From Lyrics to Epics, From Sonnets to Sestinas, With Examples of All the Forms and Variations 139
Epilogue: Art 305
A Selected Bibliography 307
Index 311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    to understand and write better poetry you've got to read this wonderful book

    i just cheecked this book out of my school library a few days ago and having only read the first two chapters i plan to buy this book. you should too. it's given me more of an understanding of poetry and inspires me to write more. hey mabe in a few years i'll publish a book and hope that you read that only after reading 'The Pursuit of Poetry'

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