A Grain of Poetry

A Grain of Poetry : How to Read Contemporary Poems and Make Them a Part of Your Life

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Poetry has the power to move and challenge the reader. It can intensify or even celebrate misery, be cynical or wry, or just laugh outright in an outrageous way. Poetry is as serious and antic as life, and yet reading modern poetry can be shocking to our sense of what language is or must be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl presents a series of guideposts to help everyone read poetry and discover those poems that inform and inspire them. In clear, direct language, he covers all of the essential-but often unchartedpaths to understanding poetry: form and structure, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written by one of the country's leading educators, A Grain of Poetry is a comprehensive and accessible guide for all poets, students, and poetry lovers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.6 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 199.06g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060930713
  • 9780060930714
  • 2,166,315

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Poetry has the power to move and challenge the reader. It can intensify or even celebrate misery, be cynical or wry, or just laugh outright in an outrageous way. Poetry is as serious and antic as life, and yet reading modern poetry can be shocking to our sense of what language is or must be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl presents a series of guideposts to help everyone read poetry and discover those poems that inform and inspire them. In clear, direct language, he covers all of the essential -- but often uncharted -- paths to understanding poetry: form and structure, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written by one of the country's leading educators, A Grain of Poetry is a comprehensive and accessible guide for all poets, students, and poetry lovers.
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-Kohl brings all his enthusiasm for learning and reaching to Ills welcomlingprimer oil the pleasures of contentporary poetry.' -- "Booklist""A Grain fo Poetry demonstrates brilliantly that it doesn't always take a poet to teach Poetry Kohl writes in a direct style ... [and] has all unusual, and aftecting, way of stepping around a poem to look at it from every angle.'-- "Newsday""[A] sound investment, especially if you want to pursue your own reading orlistening to poetry read aloud." -- "Albuquerque Journal"
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