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The Secret Life of Poems by Tom Paulin
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Jan 09, 12

Detailed examinations of some great poems (by Donne, Milton, Tennyson, Frost, MacNeice etc.), focusing on how the poetic effects work. I don't write poetry but I would imagine it would be of great help to those who do and for mere poetry lovers like myself, it's an education, deepening appreciation and understanding of some wonderful poems, managing to give fresh insights into poems as much discussed as Keats' 'To Autumn', unexpectedly tying it, by close examination of the language and context of writing, to the Peterloo Massacre. I was disappointed that only women poets were represented just by Rossetti and Dickinson, otherwise I have no criticism of this enlightening book.

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