Studying Poetry, Revised 2nd Ed.
Key Skills & Concepts For Literature Students

By Richard Cochrane
October 2003
ISBN: 1-84285-037-7
144 pages, Illustrated, 5 1/4" x 8 1/2"
$31.95 paper original

Do you need to write about poetry? Find it frustrating? Is it difficult to find much to say? In this book you will discover the key to understanding poetry, and the secrets which will raise your grades in coursework and exams. It shows you how poetry works and how to make sense of it. It explains traditional analytic methods, and brings you up to date with more theoretical approaches too.

The author takes you through all the main elements of poetry, fitting them into a step-by-step approach which you can use in any situation. Quickly accessible, packed with key examples, and written in a friendly down-to-earth style, this book will give you all the skills you need to radically improve your performance in coursework and examinations. Contents include: What is poetry, Metre, Homophony, Metaphor, Rhetorical Tropes, Tropes and structure, Register, Genre and style, Referentiality, Subtextuality - what the poem is about, Writing an essay on a poem, Web sites for poetry and literature students.

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