Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud

by Robert Pinsky (Editor)


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Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud by Robert Pinsky

A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud.
This lively, abundant book is distinguished by its focus on hearing poetry read aloud. Robert Pinsky, beloved for his ability to bring poetry to life as spoken language, has collected poems that sound marvelous in a reader’s actual or imagined voice. Pinsky has organized the book into sections with brief introductions that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and reflective process of listening to poetry. This structure provides an implicit, generous definition-by-example of poetry itself: beginning with “Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes” and “Long Lines” and proceeding through fundamental themes such as “Love Poems,” “Odes, Complaints, and Celebrations,” and “Jokes, Ripostes, Parodies, and Insults.”Essential Pleasures gives a fresh setting to traditional favorites, including poems by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost, placed among contemporary poems by John Ashbery, Louise Glu¨ck, Yusef Komunyakaa, and many others. This is an inviting and distinguished collection and an essential book for every home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393066081
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 816,691
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, his Selected Poems. His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, was released in 2012. As United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (, in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems. That project gave rise to the previous anthologies, Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry, with each poem accompanied by readers’ comments. Pinsky teaches at Boston University.

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Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
watertown-reader More than 1 year ago
If you want to read poetry for pleasure but don't always think you know enough about poetry to "get it", this book is for you. This book is also great for those who already love reading poetry because Robert Pinshky introduces you to poets rarely heard. If you want to learn more about the construction of poetry, this book is fantastic as the chapters are arranged by category with introductions to that style (short lines, frequent rhymes, long lines, strophes and parallelism, love poems, ballads etc) which are interesting and I feel I have learned quite a lot. This book is a gem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago