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An Introduction to Poetry

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Written with the student in mind, this text includes an impressive collection of both traditional and contemporary poems representing a cultural diversity of authors and a richness in the range of style. To frame the selections, the text presents helpful apparatus and extensive material on writing about literature 66 new poems and 17 new works of critical prose have been a ...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1978)
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, non-fiction
Am putting this aside for now. It is an excellent introduction to poetry and explores in great depth the elements of poetry and how different poets have either broken or used them. I recommend that beginning poets purchase a copy. As a textbook, there are many editions, so just buy whichever secondhand copy comes your way. There's something enjoyable about these discussions. It will whet your appetite for poetry rather than kill it with boredom.
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
Had to read this for school
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the positive side, the ninth edition does have a fair number of female authors besides the usual Dickinson and Bishop. On the downside, I found this to be a rather bland collection of primarily Caucasian poets. There are a couple of native American poems, balanced by two poems written by white folks observing Native Americans--like they're animals in a zoo! I wish I was joking. There were a couple poems by African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Just a few each. Poets of color were the usua ...more
Tandava Brahmachari
This is a textbook on reading poetry and writing about poetry, but actually writing poetry is not covered. Still, what it does cover is pretty good. It includes lots of sources ranging from poets and critics writing about poetry, historians and biographers writing about poets, etc. There are more in-depth chapters on a couple specific poets (Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes), and one specific poem (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock). There are sample student papers, and an overview of diffe ...more
Debbie Hill
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent resource for the serious poet who wishes to learn or return to the basics. Written in the format of a textbook, this 716 page book includes chapters on Poetry: Reading a Poem, Listening to a Voice, Words, Saying and Suggesting, Imagery, Figures of Speech, Song, Sound, Rhythm, Closed Form, Open Form, Symbol, Myth and Narrative, Poetry and Personal Identity, Translation, Recognizing Excellence, and What is Poetry? There is also a section on Writing: Writing About Literature, Writing A ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great contemporary overview of poetry.
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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