Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry

Sound and Sense: An Introduction to PoetryThis introduction to poetry is standard Basic elements from pattern, to figurative language, imagery, allusions, rhythms, tones are all discussed simply and cogently with classic examples.section two is an anthology from yeats and wordsworth to wallace stevens, dylan thomas and all the biggies wonderful to re read this initial serious poetry text Originally started off as basic first year college but extremely applicable to the middle and high schooler.a must for any serious poet or teacher s reference library. The ultimate user s manual for reading poetry. There S No Better Way For You To Learn About Poetry And Understand Its Elements Than With PERRINE S SOUND AND SENSE Both A Concise Introduction To Poetry And An Anthology, This Classic Best Seller Succinctly Covers The Basics Of Poetry With Chapters On Evaluating Poetry, Exemplary Poetry Selections That You Ll Enjoy Reading, And Exercises That Help You Understand Each Selection Every Poem Included In This Collection Is Not Only A Perfect Illustration Of The Poetic Concept At Hand, But A Remarkable Work In Its Own Right It s a bit dry, but tons of great poems I really like how they go over meter, it s one of the better tutorials on the matter I don t particularly love the organization of the book, and I really wish there were a bit on each poet than the years they lived My favorite part of the book are the guiding questions Very helpful as you try to breakdown and understand a poem.The most offensive thing to me was the little dissertation on how a poem is determined to be great There is an insulting little concept of qualified reader and a dubious little math problem on perfection and scope old school to say the least. It is good every once in a while to read a text book, to stretch yourself beyond your usual comfortable limits, to give yourself homework And, among all the books you are reading, to have a book of poetry to pop into now and then just to wake you from your drowsy comfort. This was the poetry bible for first year students in my English major Very useful, especially for those who need guidance in understanding poetry, like me for instance P Those questions at the end of each poem, I can t tell you how much that helped me form some semblance of interpretation I just found my copy of this book actually it s my sister s copy, I used her old books for class among other books that I forgot I still have, so I guess it would be useful whenever I feel the need for some poetic spirit I bet my college friends would want to comment on this Go on guys D How did this get to be the standard text The dude s taste is dubious, his ear is dubious, and he s not a poet. This book is suitable for self teaching for those who want to learn about poetry. Okay, so to be honest, two stars may be a little generous As you can probably already tell, I greatly dislike this book Sure, it might take you by the hand and lead you through a vast number and variety of poems However, the book has exactly one interpretation for each poem and if you don t nail it exactly, you get penalized in AP lit Moreover, finding answers to the questions presented in the book is quite difficult It s not in the back of the book and it s not easy to find on the internet Consequently, you never really know when you have a correct or incorrect interpretation of a poem unless Mrs Gray validates your claims It s a shame that the book does not really allow loose interpretations of the selected poems. What I liked most about this book, compared to other instructive books of poetry, is the selection of formalist poetry Granted, it seemed like half of it was Emily Dickinson and I m not even sure if that s an exaggeration to be honest but that s okay because Emily Dickinson had some great poems and her layers are often friendly to the understanding This book offers a very intensive introduction to how it intends to appraise the poems which makes it great for anyone new to poetry, as well as an extensive look at the form and sound of formalism.It s not quite as good for contemporary poems as many other poetry guides on the market but that is a problem which solves itself, as the majority of books on the market are a contemporary focus.

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  • Paperback
  • 452 pages
  • Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry
  • Thomas R. Arp
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9781413030549

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