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The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide

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The Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works.

"Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing."

As Poet Laureate, Pinsky is one of America's best spokesmen for poetry. In this fascinating book, he explains how poets use the "technology" of poetry--its sounds--to create works of art that are "performed" in us when we read them aloud.

He devotes brief, informative chapters to accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank and free verse. He cites examples from the work of fifty different poets--from Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to W. C. Williams, Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, C. K. Williams, Louise Glück, and Frank Bidart.

This ideal introductory volume belongs in the library of every poet and student of poetry.

About the Author

Robert Pinsky is Poet Laureate of the United States. FSG published The Inferno of Dante in 1994 and The Figured Wheel in 1996. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and lives in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374526177
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Speech
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Oral interpretation of poetry.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Reference-Speech and Debate
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
451-CE1442
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.54 x 4.97 x 0.425 in

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Reference » Speech and Debate

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