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52 Ways of Looking at a Poem : or How Reading Modern Poetry Can Change Your Life - Padel, Ruth

52 Ways of Looking at a Poem

or How Reading Modern Poetry Can Change Your Life

Paperback Published: 5th February 2004
ISBN: 9780099429159
Number Of Pages: 288

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"British poetry is in a wonderful state at present. Never have so many poets been saying so many interesting things in such lively, up-to-date ways. Yet many people feel shut out or know little about poetry and have no idea where to begin. In this groundbreaking book, Ruth Padel takes fifty-two of the poems she discussed in her newspaper column - a year's worth - and suggests ways of reading them. The poems are by a wide range of living poets, on experiences we all share - love, sex, death, nature, history, war - which show how reading a poem can enhance everyone's life as powerfully and as pleasurably as reading novels or watching a film."

"Ruth Padel combines two major gifts: she is both a distinguished poet and a quite exceptional reader of the poetry of others... The result is a book which opens doors, which bids us share with its author and the poems she has chosen a wealth of insight" -- George Steiner "She argues away the idea that contemporary poetry is "difficult": all it needs is a little work and the rewards are great" Sunday Times "A brilliant snapshot of contemporary poetry. Padel writes with incisive intelligence, particularly in her lively and provocative introduction on gender-related power in the poetry world and why poetry has "lost its audience" -- Christina Patterson, Director of the Poetry Society Independent "She chooses her poems with impeccable taste, an anthologist of the very best contemporary poetry" The Times "A great gift for any student or poetry virgin who wonders what all the excitement is about" Glasgow Herald

ISBN: 9780099429159
ISBN-10: 0099429152
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th February 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1