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How to Read a Poem  :  And Fall in Love with Poetry - Edward Hirsch

How to Read a Poem

And Fall in Love with Poetry

Paperback Published: 20th November 2010
ISBN: 9780156005661
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 14+ years old

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Now in paperback, the landmark guide to the magic and meaning of poetry, by an acclaimed poet and critic. How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can make a difference. In a marvelous reading of verse from around the world, including work by Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, among many others, Hirsch discovers the true meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives.

About The Author

Edward Hirsch is the author of five books of poetry. He writes frequently about poetry for such magazines as The New Yorker and American Poetry Review. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Prix de Rome, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature. He teaches at the University of Houston.

Industry Reviews

"A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."-The Baltimore Sun "Hirsch's contribution is significant, [grounded] in the obvious pleasure he has experienced through words. . . . Who could resist the wiles of this poetry-broker-a writer rapidly becoming the baby boomers' preeminent man of letters?"-Detroit Free Press "Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of how to read a poem is: Ecstatically."-The Boston Book Review

Prefacep. xi
Message in a Bottlep. 1
A Made Thingp. 31
A Hand, a Hook, a Prayerp. 46
Three Initiationsp. 61
At the White Heatp. 88
Five Actsp. 116
Beyond Desolationp. 156
Poetry and History: Polish Poetry after the End of the Worldp. 172
Re: Formp. 192
A Shadowy Exultationp. 226
Soul in Actionp. 244
"To the Reader at Parting"p. 259
The Glossary and the Pleasure of the Textp. 265
A Reading List and the Pleasure of the Catalogp. 323
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ISBN: 9780156005661
ISBN-10: 0156005662
Series: Harvest Book
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 20th November 2010
Publisher: Roundhouse Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Type: New edition

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