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Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense

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An authoritative bestseller for over fifty years, PERRINE'S LITERATURE: STRUCTURE, SOUND, AND SENSE continues to be an essential and highly effective introduction to literature for today's students. Written for students beginning a serious study of literature, the text introduces the fundamental elements of fiction, poetry, and drama in a concise and engaging way, addressi ...more
Hardcover, 7th Edition, 1522 pages
Published April 10th 1997 by Wadsworth (first published 1956)
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Marzieh Torabi
Yes! Finally!
I've been studying this book for the last two semesters. Reading this book, I learned a lot about the basics and introductions to English literature. I read many good short stories, poems and plays that were included in the book. Well I haven't read them all, but I will. Someday! I just need some free time to go through these three books to review what I've read and read what I've skipped.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As a general rule, I don't post any books here that I haven't read completely (hence no design books since, honestly, I only hunt and peck through those). This is one exception to the rule. I haven't read every page of this. And I haven't read all the stories, but I've read every one of the considerable number of poems.

This was one of my dad's books. A text book, apparently. Printed the year I was born. When I went to college I took it with me... and it sits right now with its tattered spine on
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-textbook
who am I kidding, I'll never let this book go. but for now I'm done.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book filled some egregious gaps of my knowledge in literature. But on a general level I found most of the short stories presented in this book pretty boring.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
As for how much I liked the creative work within, it's a mixed bag. Some things I really enjoyed and felt led me to grow in my understanding of literature, while others fell flat. I was wavering on giving this 3 stars, but considering the excellent lessons and thought-provoking questions, I thought it only fair to add a star. Obviously, one reading isn't enough to fully grasp this tome, but I can't help but believe that with diligent application of the teachings spread throughout, my future read ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, hardcover, literature
I liked this textbook enough that I payed the $60 or so to keep it when I left highsch00l.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-refrences
this book was very helpful for me.. to do my thesis... thx, n tahx all...
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I, of course, did not read this in its entirety but am using this to teach AP Lit next year. Awesome book for any English teachers out there in need of any literary analysis guides. The poetry sections are incredibly thorough and offer great examples. I myself am HORRIBLE at poetry (I'm a reader/writer kinda gal) and already found incredibly helpful sections for crafting next year's lessons. Even as a student, if you can find a used copy, I have a feeling you will use the content of this book to ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this for my AP Lit and Comp class. BOORING.
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I originally snagged this from my father who was ready to cart it off to the used bookstore - he'd used it when teaching high school decades ago. I had this idea that I'd make some book art out of it, because I was certain there'd be nothing in it that would appeal to me. But of course I decided to read it before getting out the scissors, and that's when I discovered the short story Two Bottles of Relish by Lord Dunsany. I'm not a huge fan of Dunsany, but nothing else I've read of his reads quit ...more
The first class I took after I got sober was Intro to Computer Science at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, but later that semester they offered a 1/2 semester Comp I night course. I saved up my tips all week to pay for it and got another bartender to switch nights with me, and I was absolutely amazed that I could actually write a little bit. The next semester I ate UP the Comp II class, and at the end of the semester I went to turn my book back in at the bookstore, and this Lit book was ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have the 3rd edition from 1978 and have read every page, poem, and short story at least three times. My favorite short story, Barthelme's "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby" is here and I often reread it and try to force guests to read it.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From an old journal entry of mine; "My Favorites;
The Most Dangerous Game
The Destructors
I'm A Fool
Hills Like White Elephants
The Lottery
The Catbird Seat
The Rocking Horse Winner
A Jury of Her Peers
The Swimmer
The Death of Ivan Ilych
The Japanese Quince
The Red Wheelbarrow
Pied Beauty"
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. i never thought that literature was so complex. the cadence that some of the play take on is mundane but still had me glued to the book as awhole. though this started out as a required class reading i completed on my own time.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in A/P English in my 12th grade year. It is an instruction manual/collection of poems, short stories, etc. I have read through most of the book, including all of the stories at one time or another and many of the stories and poems multiple times.
Literature; structure, sound, and sense by Laurence Perrine (1970)
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best literature compilations I've ever come across. I've been lugging it around for years since my first college days and still find myself refering to it.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Use it all the time.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school, poetry
The didactic explanations and dull questions at the end of the poems kind of took away the joy of reading poetry, but at least the selection is very nice.
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
reading this with my AP lit class... ya, most of the stories are really morbid, but i guess they're good for learning... =P
Oct 06, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book. Very resourceful!
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it very useful. Helped me learn many things about literature.
ap lit and comp.

enough said.
Cassandra Giovanni
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Rating is based on educational content and not on included stories, poems or dramas.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favorite english teacher in the world snuck Dylan Thomas into my life. "rage, rage, against the dying of the light."
Aldy Utomo
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So yeah, I read this in my English class in 12th grade, but it is still the best collection of short stories and poetry that I've found.
AP Lit book... fun stuff (there actually are some interesting things in it, but some of the stories are...not all.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not that I actually sat down and read this book cover to cover, but I have to give it 5 stars. It is so witty and entertaining; it makes poetry fun! Poetry and fun? Whoa.
No, I haven't read it all, (it's a textbook) but one of your better compilations. Always enjoy picking it up to read a selection. Good information and questions, too.
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“A final caution to students: in making judgments on literature, always be honest. Do not pretend to like what you really do not like. Do not be afraid to admit a liking for what you do like. A genuine enthusiasm for the second-rate is much better than false enthusiasm or no enthusiasm at all. Be neither hasty nor timorous in making your judgments. When you have attentively read a poem and thoroughly considered it, decide what you think. Do not hedge, equivocate, or try to find out others' opinions before forming your own. But having formed an opinion and expressed it, do not allow it to petrify. Compare your opinion then with the opinions of others; allow yourself to change it when convinced of its error: in this way you learn. Honestly, courage, and humility are the necessary moral foundations for all genuine literary judgment.” 4 likes
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