By Tom Furniss & Michael Bath
Who Works International Ltd.
448 pages, Illustrated, 4 ¼" x 8 ½"
$52.50 Paper original
Reading Poetry provides an introduction to the ideas and techniques that can help students produce informed and exciting readings of poetry. A wide spectrum of examples has been included, ranging from fifteenth-century lyrics and ballads to contemporary poetry from all over the English-speaking world.
Introduction: Close Reading and the Poetic System
What is Poetry?
How do we Read it?
Poetry and Experience/The Experience of Poetry
Theories of Metaphor
History of Metaphor
Tone and Irony
Closure, Pluralism, Indeterminacy
Allusion and Intertextuality
Rhythm and Meter
Interpreting Poetic Form
Significant Form: Sound and Shape
Genre: The Ballad
Poetry and History: Production and Reception
Poetry and Politics: Conservative and Radical Legislators
Poetry and Politics: Class, Gender, Race, Nation
• A unique combination of theory and practice unprecedented in an undergraduate textbook
• Arguments and discussions are supported throughout by analytic examples and case studies
• Well-known 'canonical' poems placed alongside the poetry of marginalized groups exemplify the different meanings and uses of poetry
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