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The Craft of Criticism - Allan E. Rodway

The Craft of Criticism

Paperback Published: 10th January 1983
ISBN: 9780521299091
Number Of Pages: 204

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Students of literature are not sure of expositions of critical principle or examples of critical practice. However, the books of theory tend to be both abstruse and remote from literary appreciation, while books of practical criticism rarely spell out the principles which underpin them. Originally published in 1982, this book attempts to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of criticism. The bulk of the book consists of practical critiques of poems of various kinds from various periods that illustrate a variety of critical methods. The author does not simply try to match each poem with one method, but rather to show how a whole range of distinguishable methods are applicable to most poems, though in very different degrees. This is a clear and stimulating textbook, aimed at educating the literary sensibility. After studying this book, the reader should be able to approach the assessment of any work of creative literature with greater confidence and competence.

'Poem in October'
'Piazza Piece'
'To His Coy Mistress'
'Two X'
'The Twa Corbies' (with 'The Three Ravens')
'To a Steam Roller'
'To Autumn' (with 'Ode on a Grecian Urn', 'Ode to a Nightingale', and 'Ode on Melancholy')
'The Poplar Field'
'She Dwelt Among Th' Untrodden Ways'
'Hibiscus and Salvia Flowers' (with 'Kangaroo')
Sonnet 138
'Tomorrow, and tomorrow...' (from Macbeth)
'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home'
'The Draft Horse'
'An Irish Airman Foresees His Death'
Sebastian's sestina (from The Sea and the Mirror)
'Lady, Weeping at the Crossroads'
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ISBN: 9780521299091
ISBN-10: 0521299098
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 10th January 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26