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The Poetry Dictionary
by John Drury
A comprehensive collection of poetry terms, John Drury's 'The Poetry Dictionary' is a classic reference for students and teachers alike. With all the terms needed to effectively discuss the craft, this new and revised edition is packed with examples from classic and contemporary poetry to illustrate the terms at work.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published December 15th 2005 by Writer's Digest Books
(first published January 1st 1995)
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I took a poetry class and the instructor recommended this book. I suppose it could be read straight through, but I prefer to either browse and see what term or topic serendipitiously pops up or look up something specific that I want to know more about. Everything is clearly explained and examples are often included. A very handy book for anyone interested in poetry.
It doesn't look cool. The title is not sexy. Some may not even think John Drury "sexy." And the publisher is -- ahem -- Writer's Digest Books. Don't be fooled. And this book is THE BOMB. For everybody from high school students to college students to practicing poets, Drury gives you thorough definitions and examples for all things poetry. He's never condescending, so don't think you're too grown for the Drury's PD: he'll throw that Greek mess at you. But he's also practical and NOT a purist. Yes ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jan by: Writer's Digest Books gave it to me as a prize.
I enjoyed it. Though it wasn't quite as colorful as Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms, it had a greater variety of poets' work represented in the examples. Not many would read it cover to cover as I did. You might prefer to use it as a reference, but I needed the education. Besides, it was nice to read a dictionary again, as I used to like to when I was a child. Now I'll keep it as a reference.
The Very Reverend John Henry Drury (born 23 May 1936), DD is an Anglican priest and author, Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford since 2003.More about John Drury...