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2nd Edition

Reading Poetry
An Introduction

ISBN 9780582894204
Published June 28, 2007 by Routledge
648 Pages

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Book Description

Reading Poetry offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to the art of reading poetry. Successive chapters introduce key skills and critical or theoretical issues, enabling users to read poetry with enjoyment, insight and an awareness of the implications of what they are doing.

This new edition includes a new chapter on ‘Post-colonial Poetry’, a substantial increase in the number of end-of-chapter interactive exercises, and a comprehensive Glossary of poetic terms. Not just an add-on, the Glossary works as a key resource for the structuring of particular topics in any individual teaching or learning programme. Many of the exercises and interactive discussions develop not only the skills of competent close reading but also the necessary confidence and experience in locating historical and other contextual information through library or internet searches. The aim is to enhance readers' literary and scholarly competence – and to make it fun!


Table of Contents

Contents  Acknowledgements  Preface  Part One: Formal Introduction  1. What Is Poetry? How Do We Read It?  2. Rhythm and Metre  3. Significant Form: Metre and Syntax  4. Creative Form and the Arbitrary Nature of Language  Part Two: Textual Strategies  5. Figurative Language  6. Poetic Metaphor  7. Hearing Voices in Poetic Texts  8. Voices with Attitude: Tone and Irony  9. Ambiguity  Part Three: Texts in Contexts/Contexts in Texts  10. Introducing Contexts  11. Genre  12. The Sonnet  13. Allusion, Influence and Intertextuality  14. Poetry, Discourse, History  15. The Locations of Poetry  16. Post-Colonial Poetry  Part Four: An Open-ended Conclusion  17. Closure, Pluralism and Undecidability  Glossary  Key to Poems and Passages Discussed or Used for Exercises  Bibliography  Index   

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Tom Furniss is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the Universityof Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he has spent nearly twenty years teaching poetry, literary theory and Romanticism.

Michael Bath taught English literature for more than 30 years at the University of Strathclyde, where his research interests centred on relations between literature and the visual arts, emblems and iconology.


"Reading Poetry stands out from other introductions to poetry in its brilliant combination of practical guidance and theoretical savvy. Students who use this book will be helped to enjoy and discuss poems, introduced to some of the major varieties of poetic criticism, and invited to reflect on what makes poetry important today. Reading Poetry is, in my view, the best introductory book on the study of poetry available. " - Professor Derek Attridge, Universityof York