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Brush Up Your Poetry!

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As with the five previous books in the successful, "wonderfully informative" (San Francisco Chronicle) Brush Up series, Brush Up Your Poetry! is both a lively primer and a fascinating look at how our language has evolved. A rich sampling of some of the English language's best-loved poems is accompanied by lively and revealing details on the major works and the poets behind ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1996 by Cader Books
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Susan Liston
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is the sort of book to keep out and reread, as it is too much to absorb completely in the first go-round. It is a basic overview of the major English language poets starting with Chaucer, featuring poems containing famous quotes. Now I had at least heard of all of these poets, but darned if I knew the origins of all these quotes, some of which I use all the time. I was quite amazed at my ignorance, and I feel a lot smarter now.
Beth Robinson
I read this book in bits and pieces, which matched the way it was written. Macrone presents snippets of poetry spanning English and American literary history that also have embedded within them some familiar sayings from today. By including a handful of lines, the reader gets a flavor for the piece, and by including context, the reader learns a bit about the literature, the author, and the intent.

I was familiar with most of the poets and some of the sections and it was nice to revisit them. The
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Linda Jacobs
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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I don't remember reading this before today. I certainly understood more of it than I would have twenty years ago if that's when I read it. The author speaks clearly, but with a bit of tongue in cheek, the kind of literary criticism I need to understand something as foreign to me as poetry.
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Good, not great. Decent snapshot of English poetry. A glimpse of varied verse that has current use in modern speech, alas I felt too many excerpts were out of context and thus did not provide a true poetic experience.
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