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How to Read a Poem

How to Read a Poem

Terry Eagleton

ISBN: 978-1-405-15141-2

Oct 2006

192 pages

In Stock

$27.95

Description

Lucid, entertaining and full of insight, How To Read A Poem is designed to banish the intimidation that too often attends the subject of poetry, and in doing so to bring it into the personal possession of the students and the general reader.


  • Offers a detailed examination of poetic form and its relation to content.
  • Takes a wide range of poems from the Renaissance to the present day and submits them to brilliantly illuminating closes analysis.
  • Discusses the work of major poets, including John Milton, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and many more.
  • Includes a helpful glossary of poetic terms.
Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. The Functions of Criticism.

The End of Criticism?

Politics and Rhetoric.

The Death of Experience.

2. What is Poetry?

Poetry and Prose.

Poetry and Morality.

Poetry and Fiction.

Poetry and Pragmatism.

Poetic Language.

3. Formalists.

Literariness.

Estrangement.

The Semiotics of Yury Lotman.

The Incarnational Fallacy.

4. In Pursuit of Form.

The Meaning of Form.

Form Versus Content.

Form as Transcending Content.

Poetry and Performance.

Two American Examples.

5. How to Read a Poem.

Is Criticism Just Subjective.

Estrangement.

Tone, Mood and Pitch.

Intensity and Pace.

Texture.

Syntax, Grammar and Punctuation.

Ambiguity.

Punctuation.

Rhyme.

Rhythm and Metre.

Imagery.

6. Four Nature Poems.

‘Ode to Evening’.

‘The Solitary Reaper’.

‘God’s Grandeur’.

‘Fifty Faggots’.

Glossary.

Index.

""The wit he brings to the task of helping readers read poems will, for some readers (myself included), be a source of pleasure."" (Notes and Queries, June 2010)

“Eagleton raises many interesting points” –Choice

“A how-to book with an agenda. Smart, witty and provocative ... How to Read a Poem challenges us not only to look again at poetic form, but also to bring aesthetics back into our discussions fo what makes a poem worth studying. We may not agree with Eagleton, but we would do well to accept his challenge.""–College Literature

""Illuminating.""–The Times

 


  • A thoughtful and often witty introduction to poetry suitable for both students and general readers.
  • Written by one of the world's leading literary theorists.
  • Offers a detailed examination of poetic form and its relation to content.

  • Takes a wide range of poems from the Renaissance to the present day and submits them to brilliantly illuminating closes analysis.
  • Discusses the work of major poets, including John Milton, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and many more.
  • Includes a helpful glossary of poetic terms.