- Paperback: 602 pages
- Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers Inc.,U.S.; 4th edition edition (2 January 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0030769809
- ISBN-13: 978-0030769801
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,32,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Understanding Poetry Paperback – 2 Jan 1976
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Poetry today, at least in my experience, is often introduced to writing students without rules, meter, rhyme scheme or much of anything resembling discipline. I'm told the reason is the teach-atariat fears offending students with the strictures of structure.
I am also told that since T.S. Eliot, poetry is much less formal. OK.
There is no way I am qualified to judge the merits of the work of two such serious scholars, critics and poets. Suffice it to say there are 580+ pages of poetry written by some of the most accomplished writers in the Western canon since Shakespeare. In addition, the editor's informed commentary is the equivalent to, I'm guessing, a couple of graduate level classes.
They divide the book into eight chapters with titles like, "Tone," Imagery," "Descriptive Poems," and others. Each chapter has informative text and exercises accompanying the hundreds of poems selected.
It's meaty. "Understanding Poetry" is the kind of book that provides the reader with a rich educational experience, where three pages could consume an afternoon. Or not.
I imagine there are other books that are in the same league as this one, but if I knew, really knew, the subject matter as Brooks and Warren present it here, I'd have to consider myself expert enough to competently teach an undergraduate course. Except for the no rules kind.