An Introduction to Poetry

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Longman, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 716 pages
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While embracing the canon, An Introduction to Poetry, Tenth Edition includes an impressive collection of contemporary poems for a culturally diverse representation of authorship and a richness in range of style. Writer's Perspectives sections give commentary on the craft of writing and revising from authors, which provide insight and a more human perspective on literature and the writing process. Writing Critically sections expand overage of composition with accessible and pragmatic suggestions on writing. Critical Approaches to Literature section provides three essays on every major school of criticism with sections on gender criticism and cultural studies. New poems have been added to the Tenth Edition, along with a new Glossary of Literary Terms and an expanded chapter on translations. Casebooks on Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes present both poets in depth. For anyone interested in poetry.

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A comprehensive handbook or text on the subject of poetry. The author is an accomplished poet and teaching scholar. XJ Kennedy first addresses the "Student", then the Instructor -- and I have his ... Read full review

Contents

About the Authors
1
Listening to a Voice
21
iii
60
Countee Cullen For a Lady I Know
23
Edwin Arlington Robinson Luke Havergal
29
William Carlos Williams The Red Wheelbarrow
35
Tess QaUagher I Stop Writing the Poem
41
Writers Perspective
47
Myth and Popular Culture 29 i
291
Writers Perspective
299
Further Suggestions for Writing
306
Culture Race and Ethnicity
312
Yusef Komunyakaa Facing It 317
686
For Review and Further Study
321
Writing Critically
327
Po translated by Arthur Waley Drinking Alone
333

Words
54
The Value of a Dictionary
60
Josephine Miles Reason
68
Jonathan Holden The Names of the Rapids
74
Writing Critically
80
Saying and Suggesting
82
Writers Perspective
93
About Haiku
104
Walt Whitman The Runner
107
Writing Assignment
113
Figures of Speech
119
Metaphor and Simile
122
Other Figures
130
For Review and Further Study
136
Further Suggestions for Writing
142
Ballads
151
Bessie Smith with Clarence Williams Jailhouse Blues
157
Writers Perspective
163
A E Housman Eight OClock
172
Janet Lewis Girl Help 173
686
Alfred Lord Tennyson The splendor falls on castle
173
William Butler Yeats Leda and the Swan
179
Chryss Yost Lai with Sounds of Skin
185
Qwendolyn Brooks We Real Cool
194
Thomas Campion Rosecheeked Laura come
203
Writers Perspective
210
The Sonnet
222
Alexander Pope Sir John Harrington Robert Herrick William
228
W H Auden Edmund Clerihew Bentley Cornelius Ter Moat
230
Writing Critically
236
E E Cummings Buffalo Bills
242
Qary Qildner First Practice
249
Seeing the Logic of Open Form Verse
255
T S Eliot The Boston Evening Transcript
262
Robert Frost The Road Not Taken
268
Lorine Niedecker Popcorncan cover
274
Louise Bogan Medusa
284
Parody
338
Writing Critically
344
RECOGNI7ING EXCELLENCE
357
Elizabeth Bishop One Art
363
Edgar Allan Poe on Writing A Long Poem Does Not Exist
373
Emily Dickinson
381
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
387
Thomas H Johnson The Discovery of Emily Dickinsons
393
Langston Hughes
400
Subway Rush Hour
406
Critics on Langston Hughes
413
Onwuchekuia Jemie A Reading of Dream Deferred
419
Poems for Further Reading
422
Thomas Hardy Hap
467
Robert Herrick To the Virgins to Make Much of Time
473
John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn
479
Irving Layton The Bull Calf
485
Charlotte Mew The Farmers Bride
491
Lorine Niedecker Sorrow Moves in Wide Waves
497
Sylvia Plath Daddy
503
Edgar Allan Poe To Helen
505
Adrienne Rich Power
511
William Shakespeare That time of year thou mayst in
517
William Jay Smith American Primitive
523
Ruth Stone Second Hand Coat
529
Amy Uyematsu Red Rooster Yellow Sky
535
Richard Wilbur The Writer 540
690
Writing
583
Writing About a Poem
608
Critical Approaches to Literature
629
Northrop Frye Mythic Archetypes 645
684
Glossary of Literary Terms
665
Acknowledgments
682
Index of First Lines of Poetry
692
Index of Authors and Titles
699
Index of Literary Terms
714
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About the author (2002)

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Dana Gioia attended Stanford University and did graduate work at Harvard, where he studied with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Fitzgerald. He left Harvard to attend Stanford Business School. For fifteen years he worked in New York for general Foods (eventually becoming a Vice President) while writing nights and weekends, In 1992 he became a full-time writer. Currently he lives in California. Gioia has published three books of poems, Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award. He is also the author of Can Poetry Matter? (1992; reprinted 2002). He has edited a dozen anthologies of poetry and fiction. A prolific critic and reviewer, he is also a frequent commentator on American culture for BBC Radio. He recently completed Nosferatu (2001), an opera libretto for composer Alva Henderson.

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