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The Practice of Criticism - D.H. Rawlinson

The Practice of Criticism

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Published: 1st January 1969
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Many people associate 'practical criticism' with a short-sighted brand of literary analysis which kills a student's interest in literature by drilling him to concentrate narrowly on verbal detail. Handled properly, however, practical criticism can play a vital part in a literature course, especially in the crucial stages in the last years at schools or first university year when many students are coming to literature seriously for the first time. This 1968 book is a useful introduction to practical criticism for students. It offers an impressive range of closely analysed passages and exercises, in prose and verse. Mr Rawlinson considers the problems of the beginner, and discussed the mistakes an misconceptions that sometimes spoil practical criticism courses. In his general discussion of topics such as rhythm, tone and imagery, the author is careful not to be too abstract; throughout the book precept is reinforced by example, theory by practice.

Acknowledgements
Preface: aims and intentions
Practical criticism and 'method'
Rhythm, tone and the dangers of eye-reading
Imagery, metaphor and visualisation
Early and late Shakespearean verse
Two epitaphs for Ben Jonson
An early draft of Blake's London
Relevance and irrelevance in response: another Blake poem
Lyrical grace and warmth: two seventeenth-century lyrics
Emotion and emotionality: Herbert's 'Life' and E. B. Browning's 'Irrepatrableness'
Meaning stated and meaning created: two more Herbert poems
Translations of a Latin poem
Shakespeare's verse: additional exercises
A case of idiosyncrasy: two poems by Hardy
More creation versus statement: Frost and Edward Thomas
Contrasting poems; Jonson's 'To Heaven' and Donne's 'Thou Hast Made Me'
Prose
Extracts from novels: a passage from George Eliot's Daniel Deronda
Extracts from novels: a comparison of passages from Thackeray and Lawrence
Two passages about belief: Foerster and Forster
Aphorisms by Franklin and Lawrence
Two modern passages on literary criticism
Two pieces of eighteenth-century literary criticism
Notes
Exercises
Index
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ISBN: 9780521095402
ISBN-10: 0521095409
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st January 1969
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32