An Introduction to English Poetry

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Penguin Adult, May 29, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 144 pages
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James Fenton's An Introduction to English Poetry offers a master class for both the reader and writer of poetry. Simply and elegantly written and discussing the work of poets as wide ranging as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Tennyson, Kipling, Milton and Blake, it covers all varieties of poetic practice in English.

'It is hard to imagine a beginner who could not learn from [this book]. If you know a young poet, give them this' The Times Literary Supplement

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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

If you need a very brief introduction to English poetry, then this short book by James Fenton would be an excellent place to start. In 22 very short chapters, he covers everything from the history and ... Read full review

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User Review  - soniaandree - LibraryThing

This textbook is a must for undergraduate students and poetry amateurs who wish to know more about some of the forms used for poetry. This is useful too for analyzing specific types of poems - explanations are clear, concise and easy to understand. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Until recently James Fenton was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. A former political journalist (he was south-east Asia correspondent for the Independent), he also served as drama critic for the Sunday Times for seven years, and writes regularly on artfor the New Yorker. He has published four books of poems in Penguin. He lives outside Oxford and in London.

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