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Introduction to English Poetry

ISBN-10: 0374528896
ISBN-13: 9780374528898
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Fenton
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Description: A wise, absorbing, and surprising introduction to poetry written in English, from one of England's leading poets James Fenton is that rare scholar "not ashamed to admit that he mostly reads for pleasure" (Charles Simic, The New York Review of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

A wise, absorbing, and surprising introduction to poetry written in English, from one of England's leading poets James Fenton is that rare scholar "not ashamed to admit that he mostly reads for pleasure" (Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books). In this eminently readable guide to his abiding passion, he has distilled the essense of a library's--and a lifetime's--worth of delight. The pleasures of his own verse can be found in abundance here: economy, a natural ease, and most of all, surprise. What is English poetry? Fenton argues that it includes any recited words in English that marshall rhythm for their meaning--among them prisoners's work songs, Broadway show tunes, and the cries of street vendors captured in verse. From these beginnings, Fenton describes the rudiments of--and, most important, the inspiration for--the musical verse we find in books, and concludes with an illuminating discussion of operas and songs. Fenton illustrates his comments with verse from all over the English-speaking world. Catholic in his taste, shrewd in his distinctions, and charmingly frank, Fenton is an ideal guide to everything to do with poetry, from the temperament of poets to their accomplishment, in all its variety. In all his writing, prose or verse, Fenton has always had the virtue of saying, in a way that seems effortless, precisely what lies at the heart of the matter. In this vein, An Introduction to English Poetry is one of his highest accomplishments.

James Fenton has been a foreign correspondent & a theater critic & has written about the history of gardens. His most recent book of poems, "Out of Danger", was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1994.

The History and Scope of English Poetry
Where Music and Poetry Divide
The Training of the Poet
The Sense of Form
The Iambic Pentameter
Variations in the Line
Patterns of Stress
Mysteries of the Trochee
The Genius of the Trochee
The Shorter Lines
The Iambic Tetrameter
The Longer Lines
The Shorter Stanza
The Longer Stanza
The Sonnet
Minor Forms
Rhyme
Syllabics
Free Verse
Writing for the Eye
Song
Poetic Drama and Opera
Glossary
Index

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