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The Fundamentals of the Art of Poetry - Oscar Mandel

The Fundamentals of the Art of Poetry

Paperback Published: 1st August 1998
ISBN: 9781850758372
Number Of Pages: 352

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Fundamentals of the Art of Poetry takes the reader on a journey that sets out with a consideration of the various arts humankind has created, and then focuses on the special art of poetry: what poetry is, what it does and must do in order to 'succeed' for whom it does what it does, and, in detail, how it goes about doing what it tries to do. Twenty-two chapters deal with subjects like 'The Constituencies for Art', 'What Meaning Means', 'Acceptable and Unacceptable Propositions', 'The Right Word in the Right Place', 'The Sounds that Matter in Poetry', 'Energetic Metaphor: the Major Figure' and so on, including an eloquent epilogue 'Touching Genius'. Writing with great brio and tough-minded lucidity, the Belgo-American poet, dramatist, scholar and essayist examines a host of concepts concerning the arts in general and poetry in particular. This highly original Ars poetica will be of interest to general readers, college students, poets curious about their own metier, and last but not least, literary critics and theorists who will encounter many a discreet challenge to current ideas in its pages.

Illustrationsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 10
Overture to Four Audiencesp. 13
About Art in General
What Is Art?p. 18
Three Brain-Centersp. 30
Mediated and Unmediated Pleasuresp. 38
Art and its Publicsp. 49
The Art of Poetry
What Is Poetry?p. 76
The Poem's Propositionsp. 92
More about the Poem's Propositionsp. 109
Still More about the Poem's Propositionsp. 122
Practical Pointers for Reading Poetryp. 133
More Practical Pointers for Reading Poetryp. 150
Acceptable and Unacceptable Propositionsp. 163
Emotionsp. 177
The Right Word in the Right Placep. 191
The Sounds that Matter in Poetryp. 209
The Rhythms that Matter in Poetryp. 239
Poetry without Figuresp. 257
Energetic Metaphor: The Major Tropep. 267
Synecdoches and Symbolsp. 280
Similesp. 296
Ironyp. 307
Infinite Resourcesp. 321
Epilogue: Touching Geniusp. 341
Index of Quoted Textsp. 348
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ISBN: 9781850758372
ISBN-10: 1850758379
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st August 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1