Poetry An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0814797970

ISBN-13: 9780814797976

Edition: 2001

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For anyone who has ever wondered about the differences between metaphor and metonym or a trochee and a dactyl, this compact, well-organized handbook promises to be useful.-Library JournalPoetry: An Introduction is an accessible and clearly written introduction to the structural and methodological principles underpinning poetry and its study. It aims to equip the student, researcher, and general reader with a body of technical information that will sharpen and deepen their engagement with individual poems.Strachan and Terry provide a lively map through what might on first experience seem the most daunting aspects of poetry: poetic sound effects, rhythm and meter, the typographic display of poems on the page, the language of poetry, and the use made by poets of techniques of comparison and association. The book's discussion of poetic terminology is allied throughout to illustrative readings that show the usefulness of the terminology in approaching particular poems; its emphasis is always a practical one, demonstrating how poems actually work.Beginning with an historical overview of the development of English poetry from its earliest origins and finishing with an authoritative dictionary of poetical terms, Poetry: An Introduction is an indispensable guide to the understanding of poetry.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Richard Terry is Reader in English at the University of Sunderland.

Introductionp. 1
The key words of poetryp. 8
What is poetry?p. 9
The key words of English poetic historyp. 14
The shape of poetryp. 24
The aesthetics of printp. 24
Pictograms and concrete poemsp. 25
Visible but unreadablep. 29
Layout and punctuationp. 32
The poetic stanza and stanzaic formp. 35
The sound of poetryp. 49
Poetic sound effects: an overviewp. 49
Onomatopoeiap. 53
Sound/patterningp. 57
Rhymep. 59
The 'orthodox' rhymep. 62
Some 'unorthodox' rhymesp. 63
Some indeterminacies of rhymep. 69
Rhyme and meaningp. 72
Metre and rhythmp. 75
Complexities in the study of metrep. 76
The key metrical unitsp. 77
Metrical regularity and variancep. 81
'Missing' and 'extra' syllablesp. 82
Feetp. 84
Iambic metrep. 84
Trochaic metrep. 93
Dactylic metrep. 98
Anapaestic metrep. 99
Occasional feetp. 101
Metrical verse linesp. 102
Free versep. 111
Comparisons and associationsp. 115
Literal v. figurativep. 115
Metaphor and similep. 116
Metonymy and synecdochep. 119
Tenor, vehicle and groundp. 123
Conceits and extended similesp. 128
Dead and dying metaphorsp. 133
Riddle poemsp. 138
The words of poetryp. 142
Linguistic diversityp. 142
Poetic dictionp. 146
Poetry of the everyday languagep. 151
Creating your own languagep. 153
Diction and argotsp. 156
Poems about languagep. 160
The Queen's (and other people's) Englishp. 163
A glossary of poetical termsp. 167
Indexp. 195
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