Re:VerseTurning Towards Poetry
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Many people are intimidated by poetry, thinking it difficult and high-brow and not for them. But it is still considered an essential part of art and literature. RE-Verse asks; Why and How should we read poetry?
This book, aimed at people just starting with literature, takes nothing for granted but opens poetry up to all in a way that makes it both exciting and fresh. Examples are taken from a balanced combination of traditional writers such as Keats, Wordsworth, Blake and Shakespeare, and modern poets such as Seamus Heaney, Jackie Kay and Benjamin Zephaniah.
RE-Verse ranges over all periods of literature, and over the many critical theories that attempt to show why poetry matters. It places poems into their historical context, looks at poetry in translation, and discusses why much poetry is so difficult as to seem almost unreadable.
It promises to set the standard for talking about how to read poetry, and what to do when this seems to be impossibly difficult. Ultimately, it will be the essential, easy-to-read guide to the subject.
To the Reader
- Introduction: Listening to Poetry
- Five Ideas for Reading
- Making Poetry: Making Meanings
- Public and Private Poetry
- Why Is Poetry Difficult
- Poetry is the subject of the poem'
- Poetry and Translation
- Reading Modern Poetry
Features of Re:Verse include:
- Ranges over all periods of literature, and over the many critical theories that attempt to show why poetry matters
- Uses examples drawn from across the range of English and Irish poetry, and translations from French and German
- Combines close reading and practical criticism in a series of suggestive master classes that illuminate how poetry can be better understood
- Shows why difficult poetry should be seen as an opportunity to pause and reflect on meaning and as a marker of where language overflows its boundaries
- Places poems into their historical context so that students understand the circumstances in which they were produced.
Jeremy Tambling is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester, having previously been Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He has written widely on many aspects of literature, including most recently Blake's Night Thoughts (2004) and Becoming Posthumous (2001), which The Guardian hailed as 'a delicate dismantling of what we thought the past was for'. He is currently working on a major study of Dickens and London.