The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

2nd Edition

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Author: Rhian Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441106898

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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With examples from an extensive range of poets from Chaucer to today, The Poetry Toolkit offers simple and clear explanations of key terms, genres and concepts that enable readers to develop a richer, more sophisticated approach to reading, thinking and writing about poems. Combining an easy-to-use reference format defining and illustrating key concepts, forms and topics, with in-depth practice readings and further exercises, the book helps students master the study of poetry for themselves. Now in its second edition, The Poetry Toolkit includes a wider range of examples from contemporary poetry and more American poetry. In addition, an extended close reading section now offers practice comparative readings of the kind students are most likely to be asked to undertake, as well as readings informed by contemporary environmental and urban approaches. The book is also supported by extensive online resources, including podcasts, weblinks, guides to further reading and advanced study guides to reading poetry theoretically.

The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

2nd Edition

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Author: Rhian Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441182780

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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Now in its 2nd edition, this guide helps students build the knowledge and tools needed to tackle poetry with confidence.

The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

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Author: Rhian Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847060498

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Getting to grips with poetry and its terminology can be one of the most intimidating parts of literary study. The Poetry Toolkit helps with this problem by giving clear and concise guidance about reading and discussing poetry in an easy-to-use format. By providing accessible commentary on the formal traditions of poetry across the ages and by emphasizing the empowering effect of technical vocabulary, this book encourages confidence and enjoyment. Its simple and clear explanations of key terms, genres and concepts enable readers to develop a richer, more sophisticated approach to reading, thinking and writing about poems. Moving from introductory overviews to short sections on key concepts, forms and topics, each entry includes a technical definition, a review of its historical and cultural significance, illustrative examples from a range of poems and finally additional reading and suggestions for further work. The Poetry Toolkit offers a practical solution to the difficulties of reading and writing about poetry. It offers any student of poetry the key tools needed to read, study and write about poetry with confidence.

The Poetry Handbook

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Author: John Lennard

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191532733

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

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The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry, from metre to gender, offer a wide-ranging general account, and end by looking at two or three poems from a small group (including works by Donne, Elizabeth Bishop, Geoffrey Hill, and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott), to build up sustained analytical readings. Thorough and compact, with notes and quotations supplemented by detailed reference to the Norton Anthology of Poetry and a companion website with texts, links, and further discussion, The Poetry Handbook is indispensable for all school and undergraduate students of English. A final chapter addresses examinations of all kinds, and sample essays by undergraduates are posted on the website. Critical and scholarly terms are italicised and clearly explained, both in the text and in a complete glossary; the volume also includes suggestions for further reading. The first edition, widely praised by teachers and students, showed how the pleasures of poetry are heightened by rigorous understanding and made that understanding readily available. This second edition — revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website - confirm The Poetry Handbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.

Poetry For Dummies

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Author: The Poetry Center,John Timpane

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118053645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best words in the best order.” St. Augustine called it “the Devil’s wine.” For Shelley, poetry was “the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.” But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than five millennia. That’s because for the attentive reader, poetry has the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightning bolts flashing in the brain — to throw open the doors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel’s edge. Poetry For Dummies is a great guide to reading and writing poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested in verse. From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley to Ginsberg, it introduces you to poetry’s greatest practitioners. It arms you with the tools you need to understand and appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your own talent as a poet. Discover how to: Understand poetic language and forms Interpret poems Get a handle on poetry through the ages Find poetry readings near you Write your own poems Shop your work around to publishers Don’t know the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and it covers a lot more ground besides, including: Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poetic language Mastering the three steps to interpretation Facing the challenges of older poetry Exploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the global village Writing open-form poetry Working with traditional forms of verse Writing exercises for aspiring poets Getting published From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone in between, Poetry For Dummies puts you in touch with the greats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing a ghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book for you.

Understanding poetry

an anthology for college students

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Author: Cleanth Brooks,Robert Penn Warren

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American poetry

Page: 680

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Poetry: The Basics

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Author: Jeffrey Wainwright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317585240

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Now in its third edition Poetry: The Basics remains an engaging exploration of the world of poetry. Drawing on examples ranging from Chaucer to children's rhymes, Cole Porter to Carol Ann Duffy, and from around the English-speaking world, it shows how any reader can understand and gain more pleasure from poetry. Exploring poetry’s relationship to everyday language and introducing major genres and technical aspects in an accessible way, it is a clear introduction to how different types of poetry work through the study of details and of whole poems. With a revised chapter on the different practices and ideas in the writing of poetry now, including sections on film poetry and digital poetics, this is a must read for all students of English Literature.

Figures of Speech

60 Ways To Turn A Phrase

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Author: Arthur Quinn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136784985

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 112

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Writing is not like chemical engineering. The figures of speech should not be learned the same way as the periodic table of elements. This is because figures of speech are not about hypothetical structures in things, but about real potentialities within language and within ourselves. The "figurings" of speech reveal the apparently limitless plasticity of language itself. We are inescapably confronted with the intoxicating possibility that we can make language do for us almost anything we want. Or at least a Shakespeare can. The figures of speech help to see how he does it, and how we might. Therefore, in the chapters presented in this volume, the quotations from Shakespeare, the Bible, and other sources are not presented to exemplify the definitions. Rather, the definitions are presented to lead to the quotations. And the quotations are there to show us how to do with language what we have not done before. They are there for imitation.

The Beachcomber's Companion

An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures

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Author: Anna Marlis Burgard

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 145216164X

Category: Nature

Page: 128

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Breezy, inviting, and delightful—just like a day at the beach— The Beachcomber's Companion is a charming illustrated guide to collecting and identifying shells and other coastal treasures. Each of the entries includes fascinating descriptions, fun tidbits, and detailed artwork that makes it easy for readers to identify their own beach discoveries. A handy resource section offers tips on how to prepare before setting out on a shoreline adventure: from the beachcomber's commandments to must-have items for every beachcombing toolkit and advice on preserving shells. Awash with information and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is an essential companion for all who love the ocean's shore.

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English

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Author: Jeremy Noel-Tod,Ian Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199640254

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 705

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Provides over 1,700 biographies of influential poets writing in English from 1910 to the present day, exploring the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped their works and lives.

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

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Author: Andrew Bennett,Nicholas Royle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317313127

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 425

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Lively, original and highly readable, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at ‘The Beginning’ and concluding with ‘The End’, chapters range from the familiar, such as ‘Character’, ‘Narrative’ and ‘The Author’, to the more unusual, such as ‘Secrets’, ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Ghosts’. Now in its fifth edition, Bennett and Royle’s classic textbook successfully illuminates complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works, so that a reading of Jane Eyre opens up ways of thinking about racial difference, for example, while Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a discussion of literature and laughter. The fifth edition has been revised throughout and includes four new chapters – ‘Feelings’, ‘Wounds’, ‘Body’ and ‘Love’ – to incorporate exciting recent developments in literary studies. In addition to further reading sections at the end of each chapter, the book contains a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary of key literary terms. A breath of fresh air in a field that can often seem dry and dauntingly theoretical, this book will open the reader’s eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of reading and studying literature.

Studying Poetry 2nd ed

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Author: Stephen Matterson,Darryl Jones

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1849664366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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Studying Poetry is a fun, concise and helpful guide to understanding poetry which is divided into three parts, form and meaning, critical approaches and interpreting poetry, all of which help to illuminate the beauty and validity of poetry using a wide variety of examples, from Dylan Thomas to Bob Dylan.

The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry

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Author: Edward Clarke

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782793690

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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This book delineates different manifestations of the vagabond spirit of poetry through the ages. In doing so, it makes claims for the efficacy of poetry in our industrialized world, where we are presented with environmental, political and economic challenges. The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry demonstrates that poems are vital now more than ever because they can transform our relations with each other and with the earth. It acknowledges the awesome power of poems by providing you with fresh ways to apprehend their profound spiritual insights. You will be surprised by how sharp your imagination becomes once you start following the paths opened by Edward Clarke's original readings. This region is full of unexpected turns and pleasant clearings. Beginning in the middle of things with Wordsworth, you will be taken on a journey from Shakespeare to Wallace Stevens. Significant older poets, including Homer, Virgil and Dante, will enliven conversations with the wisest British, Irish and American poets of the modern age. As you proceed, poetry will teach you how to put into practice its perennial wisdom.

How to Study a Jane Austen Novel

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Author: Vivien Jones

Publisher: MacMillan

ISBN: 9780333670743

Category: Criticism

Page: 173

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Organising a critical response and how to analyse and write an essay as well as understand how irony, style and moral patterning.

Teaching Poetry

Reading and Responding to Poetry in the Secondary Classroom

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Author: Amanda Naylor,Audrey Wood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415585678

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Teaching Poetry is an indispensible source of guidance, confidence and ideas for all those new to the secondary English classroom. Written by experienced teachers who have worked with the many secondary pupils who 'don't get' poetry, this friendly guide will help you support pupils as they access, understand, discuss and enjoy classic and contemporary poetry. With an emphasis on active approaches and the power of poetry to enrich the lives of both teachers and students, Teaching Poetry: Provides a succinct introduction to the major ideas and theory about teaching poetry Covers the key genres and periods through tried and tested favourites and a range of less well known new and historical poetry Illustrates good practice for every approach covered, through case studies of theory and ideas in action in the classroom Includes activities, ideas and resources to support teaching at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Teaching Poetry tackles head on one of the aspects of English teaching that new and experienced teachers alike find most difficult. It offers both a comprehensive introduction to teaching poetry and a rich source of inspiration and support to be mined when faced with an unfamiliar text or an unresponsive class.

How to Speak Shakespeare

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Author: Cal Pritner,Louis Colaianni

Publisher: Santa Monica PressLlc

ISBN: 9781891661181

Category: Drama

Page: 142

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In How to Speak Shakespeare, authors Cal Pritner and Louis Colaianni teach readers how to make sound and sense out of the Bard. Their methods have taught thousands of people—from high school students to English literature and theater arts graduate students, from beginning actors to professional actors—how to understand and effectively communicate the poetry of Shakespeare. In order to make the book user-friendly, the authors have organized it around passages from Romeo and Juliet. The material has been tested successfully with high school students, graduate students, amateur actors, and professional actors. The authors' teaching method is essentially a simple three step process: Test Your Understanding, Stress for Meaning, and Celebrate the Poetry. Classroom and rehearsal-tested exercises are included along with additional background on Shakespeare and his work.

How to Read a Poem

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Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111830621X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Lucid, entertaining and full of insight, How To Read A Poem is designed to banish the intimidation that too often attends the subject of poetry, and in doing so to bring it into the personal possession of the students and the general reader. Offers a detailed examination of poetic form and its relation to content. Takes a wide range of poems from the Renaissance to the present day and submits them to brilliantly illuminating closes analysis. Discusses the work of major poets, including John Milton, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and many more. Includes a helpful glossary of poetic terms.

Starting an English Literature Degree

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Author: Andrew Green

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137052252

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Competition to study English Literature at university is now tougher than ever before. How can you make sure your application stands out? What is expected of you at university? How will you adapt to the changes in teaching, learning and lifestyle? The world of English Literature is an unfamiliar yet exciting one, and clear guidance on how to cope with the demands of university-level study is essential if you want to succeed. Andrew Green takes you from the A level/school/MA26 classroom to the university lecture theatre, covering everything from: • deciding which university and course is right for you • making initial applications • tackling Summer reading lists to the skills needed for studying at degree level: • preparing for lectures, seminars and tutorials • interpreting reading lists and developing your reading skills • applying literary theory • becoming a better writer • referencing an essay and avoiding plagiarism • researching online. Whether you are just thinking about taking English Literature to degree level, or needing help through your university course, Starting an English Literature Degree is the must-have companion.

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories

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Author: A. S. Byatt

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199561605

Category: Fiction

Page: 439

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The Oxford Book of English Short Stories celebrates the excellences of the English short story. The thirty-seven stories featured here are selected from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, by authors ranging from Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy to J. G. Ballard, Angela Carter, and Ian McEwan. They pack together comedy and tragedy, farce and delicacy, elegance and the grotesque, with language as various as the subject-matter.

An Introduction to English Poetry

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Author: James Fenton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374528896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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An insightful, engaging introduction to poetry written by one of Englands leading poets makes use of prisoner work songs, Broadway show tunes, and the cries of street vendors to introduce readers to the rhythms of poetry. Reprint.