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The Pursuit of Poetry
Louis Untermeyer
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The Pursuit of Poetry

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In this classic reference work, Louis Untermeyer gives us our American poetry in its essential pieces. Written by one of the great twentieth century readers, reading poetry becomes an art easily understood and accessed by all. Whether you are looking for the basic elements of a sonnet or want to read further about poetic image or the place of twentieth century poetry in th ...more
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Published November 10th 1969 by Simon & Schuster
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think this book is underrated. The author covers the subject in a way that is so readable and clear that I enjoyed it. Yes, enjoyed it. This is not a textbook, it's an overview or a review of poetry. The longer chapter discussions glide along so smoothly they made me forget the experiences in Literature classes in school. He opposes the dissection practices as the be all and end all of poetry. Yes, it is important to be at least aware of all the terms and forms but not to the exclusion of losi ...more
Noah Bourdeu
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those Wishing to Start Reading Poetry
I read this book primarily because I was looking to get into not only reading poetry for the first time in my life, but to also possibly try my hand at writing some of my own poetry some day in the future. From the title and description, I felt like this book was aimed at someone who is just beginning to learn how to read and enjoy poetry; however, it is actually a quite challenging read and does very little to introduce the reader into poetry.

The author attempts several times, in several chapt
Tandava Brahmachari
Interestingly, I enjoyed the "dictionary" portion of this book more than the "guide" portion. Seemed to keep him more focused on giving actual information and examples, rather than editorials.
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Louis Untermeyer was the author, editor or compiler, and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages. He will be best remembered as the prolific anthologist whose collections have introduced students to contemporary American poetry since 1919. The son of an established New York jeweler, Untermeyer's interest in poetry led to friendships with poets from three generations, incl ...more
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