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The Uses of Poetry - Denys Thompson

Paperback Published: 18th September 1978
ISBN: 9780521292870
Number Of Pages: 248

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This is an account of the part played by poetry in the life of man from earliest times to the present. Older than prose, it was the vehicle for his technology, history, philosophy and science; it helped him feel at home in his environment; it was the social element between him and his fellows. Mr Thompson explores these many facets in the earlier chapters of his book, and then goes on to consider the impact of printing when in his view poetry became subtler but ceased to be a popular possession. However, as Mr Thompson shows, poetry could still be of value in helping people to cope with the strains of living, in assimilating the implications of vast new fields of knowledge, and in keeping alive the idea of humanity in a dehumanising age.

Preface
The Nature of Poetry
The deep roots of speech
Rhythm
Symbolising
In the Beginning
Dance
The earliest poetry
Work songs
Mnemonics
Rites, Bards, Ballads
Praise, propitiation, magic
Rites, myths and epics
Living books
Ballad and folk song
Maid of All Work
Integral with life
Every man a poet
The oral poet and his audience
Education
Branches of knowledge
Patriotism and Politics
Eulogies
A new weapon of war
Nationhood fostered
Propaganda
Printed ballads, poets and popsongs in politics
Dissent and Protest
Ancient China, Greece and Israel
Christian and medieval
The sermons, Piers Plowman and Robin Hood
Ballads and broadsides
The Romantics and the industrial revolution
Shuttle and cage
America
The twentieth century
The Printed Poem
The impact of printing
The age of industry
Technology, science and poetry
Poetry for a minority?
Uses of Poetry
To the poet
To the reader
To society
Poetry as therapy 5. Agenda for the arts
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521292870
ISBN-10: 0521292875
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 18th September 1978
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32