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Re:Verse Turning Towards Poetry

ISBN-10: 1405836164
ISBN-13: 9781405836166
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jeremy Tambling
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Description: Many people are intimidated by poetry, thinking it difficult and high-brow and not for them. But it is still considered an essential part of art and literature. RE-Verse asks; Why and How should we read poetry?This book, aimed at people just  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Many people are intimidated by poetry, thinking it difficult and high-brow and not for them. But it is still considered an essential part of art and literature. RE-Verse asks; Why and How should we read poetry?This book, aimed at people just starting with literature, takes nothing for granted but opens poetry up to all in a way that makes it both exciting and fresh. Examples are taken from a balanced combination of traditional writers such as Keats, Wordsworth, Blake and Shakespeare, and modern poets such as Seamus Heaney, Jackie Kay and Benjamin Zephaniah. RE-Verse ranges over all periods of literature, and over the many critical theories that attempt to show why poetry matters. It places poems into their historical context, looks at poetry in translation, and discusses why much poetry is so difficult as to seem almost unreadable. It promises to set the standard for talking about how to read poetry, and what to do when this seems to be impossibly difficult. Ultimately, it will be the essential, easy-to-read guide to the subject.

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at University of Manchester

To the Reader
Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Introduction: listening to poetry
Blake: 'London'
Wordsworth: 'Westminster Bridge'
Eliot: The Waste Land
Shakespeare and song
Five ideas for reading
Dramatic voice
Tone
Ambiguity
How rhythm affects sense
Imagery
Making poetry: making meanings
Poetry and the social world
Medieval and Renaissance poetry
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Wyatt: 'They fle from me'
Poetry in the Age of Reason
Dryden: Absolom and Achitophel
Pope: Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot
Gray: 'On Lord Holland's Seat near Margate, Kent'
Johnson: 'On the Death of Dr Robert Levet'
Towards Romantic poetry
Shelley: The Triumph of Life
Public and private poetry
Two Victorians
Rossetti: 'Remember'
Tennyson: 'Tithonus'
Twentieth-century poetry: four examples
Hardy: 'After a Journey'
Yeats: 'Easter 1916'
Auden: 'In Memory of W.B. Yeats'
Lowell: 'Waking Early Sunday Morning'
Why is poetry difficult?
Three seventeenth-century writers
Middleton: The Revenger's Tragedy
Shakespeare: Macbeth
Donne: 'A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucie's Day'
Three Romantics
Wordsworth: 'A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal'
Coleridge: 'Kubla Khan'
Keats: The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream
Baudelaire: 'A une passante'
'Poetry is the subject of the poem'
Poetry and enchantment
Carroll: 'Jabberwocky'
Modernism
Mallarme: 'Ses purs ongles'
Yeats: 'Sailing to Byzantium'
Stevens: 'The Man with the Blue Guitar'
Stevens: 'Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction'
Mallarme: 'A la nue accablante tu'
Modernism and postmodernism in poetry
Poetry and translation
Petrarch in English
Milton: Lycidas
Modern translation: Ezra Pound
Heaney: Beowulf
Translation as critique
Translation and verse styles
Reading modern poetry
Postcolonial poetry
Women's poetry
Postcolonial and 'Queer' poetry
Poetry and trauma
Technical terms and phrases
Two passages
Rhythm
Rhyme
Metaphor, symbolism and allegory
Some final definitions
Further reading
Bibliography
Questions for further study
Poetry examples
Index

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