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Poems, Poets, Poetry by Helen Vendler
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Jul 04, 2007

really liked it

This is, by far, the best textbook on the subject that I've seen. And it's not just for undergrads; I still haven't fully absorbed all her insights. But the book still gets only four stars, because Vendler doesn't say much about the intuitive and emotional aspect of poetry. Granted, that might be hard to speak of in a textbook, but it's still necessary to try. Poetry isn't just about words; there is something else present, and without that something else there is no poetry.
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