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Classic Writings on Poetry

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ISBN-10: 023112371X

ISBN-13: 9780231123716

Edition: 2005

Authors: William Harmon, William Harmon

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The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet" "[The poet] is a seer.... he is individual... he is complete in himself.... the others are as good as he, only he sees it and they do not. He is not one of the chorus. " -- Walt Whitman, from the preface to Leaves of Grass Poetry has always given rise to interpretation, judgment, and controversy. Indeed, the history of poetry criticism is as rich and varied a journey as the history of poetry itself. But classic writings such as Emerson's essay "The Poet" and Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass serve as more than a critical "call and response": the works are striking examples of how the finest poets themselves have written on poetics and the works of their peers and predecessors -- revealing, in the process, much about the theory and passion behind their own works. Spanning thousands of years and including thirty-three of the most influential critical essays ever written, Classic Writings on Poetry is the first major anthology of criticism devoted exclusively to poetry. Beginning with a survey of the history of poetics and providing an introduction and brief biography for each reading, esteemed poet and critic William Harmon takes readers from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Poetics to the Norse mythology of Snorri Sturluson's Skldskaparml. John Dryden's An Essay of Dramatic Poesy and Shelley's A Defence of Poetry are included, as is an excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's verse novel Aurora Leigh, arriving, finally, at the modernist sensibility of "Poetic Reality and Critical Unreality," by Laura (Riding) Jackson. For anyone interested in the art and artifice of poetry, Classic Writings on Poetry is a journey well worth taking.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

The Republic (excerpt)
Ars Poetica
Germania (excerpt)
"On the Sublime" (excerpt)
The Defence of Poesy
"Of Education" (excerpt)
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
An Essay on Criticism
Lives of the Poets (excerpts)
"Life of Milton"
"Preface to Abraham Cowley"
"Life of Dryden"
"Life of Thomas Gray"
The Progress of Poesy
Observations Prefixed to Lyrical Ballads
Biographia Literaria, Chapter XIV
The State of Modern Poetry (excerpt)
On Poetry in General (excerpt)
The Four Ages of Poetry (excerpt)
English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (excerpt)
A Defence of Poetry
The Poet
The Poet (excerpt)
Aurora Leigh, Fifth Book (excerpt)
The Philosophy of Composition
Preface to Leaves of Grass, first edition (1855, excerpt)
The Study of Poetry
"Proofs of Holy Writ"
A Retrospect
The Possibility of a Poetic Drama
Poetic Reality and Critical Unreality