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Synopses & Reviews
There's no better way for you to learn about poetry and understand its elements than with PERRINE'S SOUND AND SENSE. Both a concise introduction to poetry and an anthology, this classic best-seller succinctly covers the basics of poetry with chapters on evaluating poetry, exemplary poetry selections that you'll enjoy reading, and exercises that help you understand each selection. Every poem included in this collection is not only a perfect illustration of the poetic concept at hand, but a remarkable work in its own right.
Book News Annotation:
Arp (Southern Methodist University) and Johnson (Kennesaw State University) introduce the major elements of poetry in simple terms and offer examples of each element, walking students through the process of close reading and providing in-depth guidance on how to think and write critically about poetry. This 11th edition includes 70 new selections, a body of poems by Adrienne Rich, more multicultural poems and poems by women, and a greater emphasis on the sonnet.
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There's no better way for you to learn about poetry and understand its elements than with PERRINE'S SOUND AND SENSE. Both a concise introduction to poetry and an anthology, this classic best-seller succinctly covers thebasics of poetry with chapters on evaluating poetry, exemplary poetry selections that you'll enjoy reading, and exercises that help you understand each selection. Every poem included in this collection is not only a perfect illustration of the poetic concept at hand, but a remarkable work in its own right.
An introduction to poetry presented in a compact and concise anthology, SOUND AND SENSE continues the tradition of offering clear, precise writing and practical organization initiated by Laurence Perrine years ago.
About the Author
Thomas R. Arp received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan (1954) and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to Stanford University. In 1955-1956, he produced educational television for the University of Michigan. He received an M.A. from Stanford University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1962. He has taught at Bowdoin College, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, Hull University (England), and Southern Methodist University. Macmillan published his volume, THE FORM OF POETRY, in 1966, and he received a Fulbright lectureship at University of Bucharest (Romania) in 1969-1970. Arp joined Laurence Perrine in preparing revised editions of SOUND AND SENSE, STORY AND STRUCTURE, and LITERATURE: STRUCTURE, SOUND, AND SENSE beginning in 1982. He became sole author of the books in 1997, and was joined by Greg Johnson in 2002. Greg Johnson received an M.A. in English from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Dr. Johnson is the author of books of fiction, poetry, criticism, and biography, including the recent story collections, LAST ENCOUNTER WITH THE ENEMY (Johns Hopkins, 2004) and WOMEN I'VE KNOWN: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES (Ontario Review, 2007), the novel STICKY KISSES (Alyson Books, 2001), and two books on Joyce Carol Oates: INVISIBLE WRITER: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOYCE CAROL OATES (Plume, 1999), and JOYCE CAROL OATES: CONVERSATIONS 1970-2006 (Ontario Review, 2006). He joined the author team of PERRINE'S LITERATURE in 2002.
Table of Contents
1. THE ELEMENTS OF POETRY. 1. What Is Poetry? Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Eagle. William Shakespeare, Winter. Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est. William Shakespeare, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Robert Hayden, The Whipping. *Emily Dickinson, The last Night that She lived. Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham. Gwendolyn Brooks, Kitchenette Building. William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow. Langston Hughes, Suicide's Note. A. E. Housman, Terence, this is stupid stuff. Adrienne Rich, Poetry: I. Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica. Suggestions for Writing. 2. Reading the Poem. Thomas Hardy, The Man He Killed. Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habit. A. E. Housman, Is my team plowing. General Exercises for Analysis and Evaluation. John Donne, Break of Day. Emily Dickinson, There's been a Death, in the Opposite House. *Mari Evans, When in Rome. Sylvia Plath, Mirror. *William Blake, The Clod and the Pebble. *Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Eros Turannos. *Adrienne Rich, Storm Warnings. Suggestions for Writing. 3. Denotation and Connotation. Emily Dickinson, There is no Frigate like a Book. William Shakespeare, When my love swears that she is made of truth. Ellen Kay, Pathedy of Manners. Exercises. Henry Reed, Naming of Parts. Langston Hughes, Cross. William Wordsworth, The world is too much with us. *Adrienne Rich, "I Am in Danger--Sir--". Robert Frost, Desert Places. John Donne, A Hymn to God the Father. Elizabeth Bishop, One Art. Suggestions for Writing. 4. Imagery. Robert Browning, Meeting at Night. Robert Browning, Parting at Morning. Exercises. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring. William Carlos Williams, The Widow's Lament in Springtime. Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. *Adrienne Rich, Living in Sin. Seamus Heaney, The Forge. Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking. Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays. Jean Toomer, Reapers. George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Destruction of Sennacherib. John Keats, To Autumn. Sugggestions for Writing. 5. Figurative Language 1: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy. Frances Cornford, The Guitarist Tunes Up. Robert Francis, The Hound. Robert Frost, Bereft. Emily Dickinson, It sifts from Leaden Sieves. *David Mason, Song of the Powers. John Keats, Bright Star. Exercise. Richard Wilbur, Mind. Emily Dickinson, I taste a liquor never brewed. Sylvia Plath, Metaphors. Philip Larkin, Toads. *Adrienne Rich, Ghost of a Chance. John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress. Langston Hughes, Dream Deferred. Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry. Suggestions for Writing. 6. Figurative Language 2: Symbol, Allegory. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. Walt Whitman, A Noiseless Patient Spider. William Blake, The Sick Rose. Seamus Heaney, Digging. Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time. George Herber, Peace. Exercises. Robert Frost, Fire and Ice. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses. Alastair Reid, Curiosity. Richard Wilbur, The Writer. *Adrienne Rich, Power. *Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death. John Donne, Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness. Suggestions for Writing. 7. Figurative Language 3: Paradox, Overstatement, Understatement, Irony. Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest Sense. John Donne, The Sun Rising. Countee Cullen, Incident. Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll. William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias. Exercise. John Donne, Batter my heart, three-personed God. Elisavietta Ritchie, Sorting Laundry. *Billy Collins, The History Teacher. *Robert Frost, A Considerable Speck. W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen. *Joyce Carol Oates, American Holiday. Lucille Clifton, in the inner city. M. Carl Holman, Mr. Z. *Adrienne Rich, Afterward. Robert Browning, My Last Duchess. Suggestions for Writing. 8. Allusion. Robert Frost, "Out, Out--". William Shakespeare, From Macbeth ("She should have died hereafter"). e. e. cummings, in Just-. Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marve.l. John Milton, On His Blindness. *Katharyn Howd Machan. Hazel Tells LaVerne. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Miniver Cheevy. *T. S. Eliot, Journey of the Magi. William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan. *Adrienne Rich, I Dream I'm the Death of Orpheus. Suggestions for Writing. 9. Meaning and Idea. A. E. Housman, Loveliest of Trees. Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. *Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Rhodora. Robert Frost, Design. Emily Dickinson, I never saw a Moor. Emily Dickinson, "Faith" is a fine invention. *John Keats, On the Sonnet. *Billy Collins, Sonnet. John Donne, The Indifferent. John Donne, Love's Deity. *Billy Collins, My Number. *Edwin Denby, I had heard it's a fight. Suggestions for Writing. 10. Tone. Richard Eberhart, For a Lamb. Emily Dickinson, Apparently with no surprise. Michael Drayton, Since there's no help. William Shakespeare, My mistress' eyes. *Adrienne Rich, Miracle Ice Cream. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Crossing the Bar. Thomas Hardy, The Oxen. Emily Dickinson, One dignity delays for all. Emily Dickinson, 'Twas warm - at first - like Us. John Donne, The Apparition. John Donne, The Flea. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach. Philip Larkin, Church Going. *Gavin Ewart, Ending. Anonymous, Love. Suggestions for Writing. 11. Musical Devices. Ogden Nash, The Turtle. W. H. Auden, That night when joy began. Theodore Roethke, The Waking. Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur. Exercise. *William Shakespeare, Blow, blow, thou winter wind. Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool. Maya Angelou, Woman Work. *Sharon Olds, Rite of Passage. Emily Dickinson, As imperceptibly as Grief. William Stafford, Traveling through the dark. *Adrienne Rich, In Those Years. *Marilyn Hacker, 1973. Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay. Suggestions for Writing. 12. Rhythm and Meter. George Herbert, Virtue. Exercise. William Blake, "Introduction" to Songs of Innocence. Walt Whitman, Had I the Choice. Robert Frost, The Aim Was Song. *Adrienne Rich, The Knight. Sylvia Plath, Old Ladies' Home. *Claude McKay, The Tropics in New York. Linda Pastan, To a Daughter Leaving Home. *Judith Ortiz Cofer, Quinceanera. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Constantly risking absurdity. *James Wright, A Blessing. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Break, break, break. Suggestions for Writing. 13. Sound and Meaning. A. E.. Housman, Eight O'Clock. Alexander Pope, Sound and Sense. Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly buzz - when I died. Exercise. Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth. Margaret Atwood, Landcrab. *John Updike, Recital. *Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer's Tigers. John Donne, At the round earth's imagined corners. Galway Kinnell, Blackberry Eating. *Mark Doty, Golden Retrievals. Richard Wilbur, A Fire-Truck.. William Carlos Williams, The Dance. Suggestions for Writing. 14. Pattern. *George Herbert, The Pulley. John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer. William Shakespeare, That time of year. Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. Exercise. William Shakespeare, From Romeo and Juliet. John Donne, Death, be not proud. *Claude McKay, The White City. *Adrienne Rich, Final Notations. Martha Collins, The Story We Know. Wendy Cope, Lonely Hearts. *Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid. Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night. *Emily Dickinson, These are the days when Birds come back. *Maxine Kumin, Woodchucks. Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder. Michael McFee, In Medias Res. Suggestions for Writing. 15. Evaluating Poetry 1: Sentimental, Rhetorical, Didactic Verse. God's Will for You and Me. Pied Beauty. A Poison Tree. The Most Vital Thing in Life. Pitcher. The Old-Fashioned Pitcher. The Long Voyage. Breathes there the man. The Engine. I like to see it lap the Miles. The Toys. Little Boy Blue. When I Have Fears. O Solitude! Suggestions for Writing. 16. Evaluating Poetry 2: Poetic Excellence. John Donne, The Canonization. John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn. Emily Dickinson, There's a certain slant of light. Robert Frost, Home Burial. T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning. *Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues. Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish. Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck. 2. WRITING ABOUT POETRY. I. Why Write about Literature? II. For Whom Do You Write? *III. Two Basic Approaches. IV. Choosing a Topic: Papers That Focus on a Single Poem. Papers of Comparison and Contrast. Papers on a Number of Poems by a Single Author. Papers on a Number of Poems with Some Feature Other than Authorship in Common. V. Proving Your Point. VI. Writing the Paper. VII. Introducing Quotations (Q1-Q11). VIII. Documentation: Textual Documentation (TDl-TD5). Parenthetical Documentation (PD1-PD6). * Documentation by Works Cited. IX. Stance and Style (S1-S6). X. Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage: Common Problems: Grammar (G1-G2). Punctuation (P1-P5). Usage (U1-U2). XI. Writing Samples: Explication: "A Study of Reading Habits". Analysis: Diction in "Pathedy of Manners". 3. POEMS FOR FURTHER READING. Matthew Arnold, To Marguerite. Margaret Atwood, Siren Song. W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts. Berry, D. C. On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High. William Blake, The Lamb. William Blake, The Tiger. David Bottoms. Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt. *Gwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud. *Gwendolyn Brooks, A song in the front yard. Lucille Clifton, good times. *Judith Ortiz Cofer, Women Who Love Angels. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan. *Stephen Crane, War Is Kind. *Frank A. Cross, Jr., Rice Will Grow Again. Countee Cullen, For a Lady I Know. Emily Dickinson, A Light exists in Spring. Emily Dickinson, A narrow Fellow in the Grass. Emily Dickinson, I died for Beauty--but was scarce. Emily Dickinson, I like a look of Agony. John Donne, The Good-Morrow. John Donne, Song: Go and catch a falling star. John Donne, The Triple Fool. Keith Douglas, Vergissmeinnicht. *W. D. Ehrhart, Guns. Carolyn Forche, The Colonel. Robert Frost, Birches. Robert Frost, Mending Wall. Robert Frost, Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same. Robert Frost, The Oven Bird. R. S. Gwynn, Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins. Rachel Hadas, The Red Hat. Donald Hall, My Son, My Executioner. Thomas Hardy, Channel Firing. Thomas Hardy, The Darkling Thrush. Thomas Hardy, Hap. A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young. *Langston Hughes, Aunt Sue's Stories. Langston Hughes, Theme for English B. Ted Hughes, Thistles. Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. Jenny Joseph, Warning. John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci. John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale. Maxine Kumin, The Sound of Night. Philip Larkin, Aubade. *Larry Levis, L. A. Loiterings. *Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pity me not. *Joyce Carol Oates, Loves of the Parrots. *Sharon Olds, I Go Back to May 1937. Sharon Olds, The Victims. *Robert Phillips, Wish You Were Here. Marge Piercy, A Work of Artifice. Sylvia Plath, Mad Girl's Love Song. Sylvia Plath, Spinster. *Sylvia Plath, Wuthering Heights. Dudley Randall, To the Mercy Killers. John Crowe Ransom, Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter. *Adrienne Rich, Delta. *Adrienne Rich, Dreamwood. *Adrienne Rich, The Fact of a Doorframe. *Adrienne Rich, Our Whole Life. Alberto Rios, Nani. Edwin Arlington Robinson, The Mill. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Mr. Flood's Party. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory. Theodore Roethke, I knew a woman. Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz. *Sherod Santos, Driftwood. Anne Sexton, The Abortion. Anne Sexton, Her Kind. William Shakespeare, Fear no more. William Shakespeare, Let me not to the marriage of true minds. Karl Shapiro, The Fly. *Dave Smith, Little Ode to the Wheelchair Boys. *Cathy Song, The Youngest Daughter. Gary Soto, Small Town with One Road. *Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation. *Edmund Spenser, One day I wrote her name upon the strand. Wallace Stevens, The Death of a Soldier. Wallace Stevens, Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock. Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man. *Leon Stokesbury, Listening to My Mother's Comic Banter with Sackboys and Servers. Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill. *Chase Twichell, Blurry Cow. John Updike, Telephone Poles. *Mona Van Duyn, What the Motorcycle Said. Derek Walcott, The Virgins. Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer. *William Carlos Williams, Danse Russe. William Carlos Williams, Poem. William Carlos Williams, Spring and All. *Ralph Tejeda Wilson, Henzey's Pond. William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802. William Wordsworth, I wandered lonely as a cloud. William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper. *Judith Wright, Portrait. William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium. William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming. William Butler Yeats, The Wild Swans at Coole. Glossary of Terms * Denotes new to this edition.
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