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Kennedy/Gioia's An Introduction to Poetry, 12e, continues to inspire readers and writers with a rich collection of poems and engaging insights on reading, analyzing, and writing about poetry. This bestselling anthology includes more than 500 of the discipline's greatest poems, blending classic works and contemporary selections. Both noted poets themselves, the text's edito ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published December 8th 2006 by Longman (first published 1982)
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I've read and studied this text in a variety of editions. This newer edition co-edited with Dana Gioia is too long. I like better than earlier editions that are about half the length. If I were to teach an introductory poetry class in college, I wouldn't use it. The book is just too long. I can't imagine getting through half this tome in a semester. That said, I like Mr. Kennedy's choice of poems and the in-depth discussion of folk ballad traditions and modern music lyrics.
Apr 01, 2010 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: "There's no singing school but studying/Monuments of its own magnificence"
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Will probably be on the "currently reading" shelf for ever, even longer than the stuff I'm supposedly reading for work. I still have my copy of the first edition that I've had since high school, that I studied and read and studied and learned to write poetry from; but Grandma gave me this one when she moved last fall and I'm glad to have it. Quite a lot different. I'm reading it to learn more.

One of the several advantages of the ex-bf is that he publishes a small quarterly poetry journal, in wh
Caleb Benadum
This classic first-year textbook of poetry is well-written and engaging so much that I read it cover to cover on my own time. While his choice of poetry is heavy on the classical and light on the modern, which, in my opinion, belies the poetry of the day, his selection is good and careful. My main criticism is, as hinted at, that teachers of poetry should be careful not to prioritize the formal poetry, which is by and large historical, and in doing so drive people away from the modern, which is ...more
This is a textbook someone gave me but it did open my eyes to poetry. It contains great examples of the good and the not-so-good.
Abbi Dion
Excellent. Introduced me to the amazing poem by Emily Grosholz, "Letter from Germany".
Great contemporary overview of poetry.
Had to read this for school
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