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The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem [Hardcover]

By Shira Wolosky (Author) & Shira Wolosky Weiss (Author)
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In The Art of Poetry, Shira Wolosky provides a dazzling introduction to an art whose emphasis on verbal music, wordplay, and dodging the merely literal makes it at once the most beguiling and most challenging of literary forms.
A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the word, line, and image, to larger features such as verse forms and voice. In fourteen engaging, beautifully written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth how poetry does what it does while offering brilliant readings of some of the finest lyric poetry in the English and American traditions. Both readers new to poetry and poetry veterans will be moved and enlightened as Wolosky interprets work by William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others. The book includes a superb two-chapter discussion of the sonnet's form and history, and represents the first poetry guide to introduce gender as a basic element of analysis.
In contrast to many existing guides, which focus on selected formal aspects like metrics or present definitions and examples in a handbook format, The Art of Poetry covers the full landscape of poetry's subtle art while showing readers how to comprehend a poetic text in all its dimensions. Other special features include Wolosky's consideration of historical background for the developments she discusses, and the way her book is designed to acquaint or reacquaint readers with the core of the lyric tradition in English.
Lively, accessible, and original, The Art of Poetry will be a rich source of inspiration for students, general readers, and those who teach poetry.

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The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem by Shira Wolosky & Shira Wolosky Weiss has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2001 page 69

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.81" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 18, 2001
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0195138708  
ISBN13  9780195138702  

Availability  110 units.
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Shira Wolosky is Professor of English and American Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Shira Wolosky was born in 1954 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General
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Poetry undressed  Jul 12, 2009
The best book on poetry explication I've ever seen! As a student or just someone who loves poetry, this text breaks down the elements of poetry in a clear and almost poetic way to aid in the understanding of what poetry is. Throughly enjoyable to read. Lots of examples of classic poetry are explicated line by line to show how poets do what they do and the importance of each syllable. A great book and fabulous resource.
This may be biased  Jan 14, 2009
I was pressured into reading this book by my poetry and advanced composition professors. This is not a book to sit down and read through. It is more of a textbook style with small writing but many examples for the topics (meter, syntax, voice, etc.). Causing the chapters to span well over ten pages, Wolosky goes into detail about each topic. There are cool extras such as a table of contents, index, and glossary, but these just add to the "textbook" idea. Good book, but not something to read in your free time. (Not if you want an understanding of it)

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