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How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book)

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ISBN13: 9780156005661
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"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture-the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you-has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you." So begins this astonishing book by one of our leading poets and critics. In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message-which is of vital importance in day-to-day life-can reach us and make a difference. For Hirsch, poetry is not just a part of life, it is life, and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions. In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read it.

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An exploration of the reasons for and meanings of poetry analyzes poems by Wordsworth, Plath, Neruda, and others to define their unique power and message.

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How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can make a difference. In a marvelous reading of verse from around the world, including work by Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, among many others, Hirsch discovers the true meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives.

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One of America's brightest stars in the field explains the meaning of poetry in everyday life, shows how to read it, and tells readers why poetry is important.

About the Author

Edward Hirsch is the author of six books of poems and three books of prose, among them the national bestseller How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry. He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in New York.

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lizradford, October 10, 2011 (view all comments by lizradford)
“This is a book about reading poetry. It is also a book of readings,” writes Edward Hirsch in the preface of “How to Read a Poem… and Fall in Love with Poetry.” The author of five books of poetry, Mr. Hirsch purports “poems breathe deeper meaning into our lives, and … we in turn breathe deeper life into poems.” The overall approachability of this prose about poems does seem to reflect his desire for an engaged reader, as do his exhortations about the value of the reader. With an academic but enthusiastic voice, he guides us through interpretation of content, form, and history (including biographical information about poets) in the context of themed categories/chapters. “Chapter 1: Message in a Bottle” examines the relationship between poet and reader; “Chapter 2: A Made Thing” looks closely at the form; “Chapter 3: A Hand, A Hook, A Prayer,” describes human connection made within and through poetry; “Chapter 5: At the White Heat” reviews poems of passion and ecstasy. (There are twelve chapters.) As a scholar of sensitive communication, Mr. Hirsch offers something of himself (a fair trade) as he implores us to bring ourselves to the readings: “Chapter 4: Three Initiatives” highlights the poems that originally inspired him and in his mind illuminated the unique function of poetry. “Poetry is a form of necessary speech,” he writes. Mr. Hirsch’s passion might be best captured by William Carlos Williams (page 193): “It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there.”
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156005661
Bernard, Andre:
Hirsch, Edward
Author:
Duke University
Author:
Hirsch, Edward
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Harvest Book
Series Volume:
1625-C
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.96 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , An exploration of the reasons for and meanings of poetry analyzes poems by Wordsworth, Plath, Neruda, and others to define their unique power and message.
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How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can make a difference. In a marvelous reading of verse from around the world, including work by Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, among many others, Hirsch discovers the true meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives.

"Synopsis" by , One of America's brightest stars in the field explains the meaning of poetry in everyday life, shows how to read it, and tells readers why poetry is important.

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