How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

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By (author) Edward Hirsch

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  • Publisher: Roundhouse Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0156005662
  • ISBN 13: 9780156005661
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 26,071

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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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"A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."-The Baltimore Sun "Hirsch's contribution is significant, [grounded] in the obvious pleasure he has experienced through words. . . . Who could resist the wiles of this poetry-broker-a writer rapidly becoming the baby boomers' preeminent man of letters?"-Detroit Free Press "Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of how to read a poem is: Ecstatically."-The Boston Book Review