Sounds of Poetry

ISBN-10: 0374526176

ISBN-13: 9780374526177

Edition: 1999 (Brief Edition)

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Description: The Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works. "Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing." As Poet Laureate, Pinsky is one of America's best spokesmen for poetry. In this fascinating book, he explains how poets use the "technology" of poetry--its sounds--to create works of art that are "performed" in us when we read them aloud. He devotes brief, informative chapters to accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank and free verse. He cites examples from the work of fifty different poets--from Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to W. C. Williams, Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, C. K. Williams, Louise Gluuml;ck, and Frank Bidart. This ideal introductory volume belongs in the library of every poet and student of poetry.

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers and Stanford Universities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. For several years the poetry editor of The New Republic, he has won the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1978) and Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright grants. His book of criticism, The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1976), is referred to often. He has argued for, and written, a poetry of discursiveness, one that can treat abstract thought and social reality as well as subjectivity and deep emotion.

Introduction
Theory
Accent and Duration
Syntax and Line
Technical Terms and Vocal Realities
Like and Unlike Sounds
Blank Verse and Free Verse
Recommendations for Further Study
Notes
Index of Names and Terms
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