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Lucid, entertaining and full of insight, How To Read A Poemis designed to banish the intimidation that too often attends thesubject of poetry, and in doing so to bring it into the personalpossession of the students and the general reader.
Offers a detailed examination of poetic form and its relationto content.
Takes a wide range of poems from the Renaissance to the presentday and submits them to brilliantly illuminating closesanalysis.
Discusses the work of major poets, including John Milton,Alexander Pope, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson,W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon,and many more.
Includes a helpful glossary of poetic terms.
Eagleton reigns back his raging ideological hounds in this wonderful explanatory book. Humorous, technical, and accessible, I found it both fun and informational. My only quibble is that his poetry selections are fairly uniform, and his analysis of "Four Nature Poems" in the back is not only arbitrarily limited, but also fairly unadventureous. It would have been nice to see Eagleton take on something uncanonical or exciting.read more
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