Thematic Guide to American Poetry

Thematic Guide to American Poetry

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This unique poetry resource offers interpretations of 250 poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers. Organization of this volume facilitates easy access to information on poetry for users' individual purposes. The main section of the guide contains narrative essays on 21 alphabetically arranged themes that recur throughout the rich history of American poetry. In each section, the explications of individual poems are arranged chronologically to trace the evolution of a particular theme over time. Educators teaching thematic units will find relevant essays here appropriate as either background presentation, discussion ideas, or student assignments. Following each entry, the poems are listed with information about the anthologies in which they may be found. Most of the abbreviations used here correspond to the codes used in The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthology, familiar to most librarians.
This guide is ideal for librarians and teachers who need to identify and locate poems on a given theme, and for students and lovers of poetry who wish to enrich their understanding of the thematic meanings of poems.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 155.96 x 246.38 x 28.96mm | 635.03g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0313314624
  • 9780313314629
  • 2,298,327

Table of contents

Introduction Art and Beauty Civilization Family Relations Freedom and Slavery The Individual and Society Innocence and Experience Life and Death Loss Love and Sex Memory Nature Obligations and Choices Poetry The Self Skepticism and Belief Suffering and Joy Thought and Perception Time and Change Tradition and Heritage Truth and Appearance War Appendix: Biographical Sketches Bibliography Index
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"The teacher working with less motivated or less advanced students will find this book helpful....Burns' clear, concise interpretations will promote discussion and study and provide a sound foundation for comparison with other interpretations. useful to advanced students and their teachers."-School Library Journal "Collection Development Poetry"-Library Journal ..."provides an especially powerful curriculum-planning tool for high school English and social studies teachers."-VOYA ..."well organized, fills a niche in the literature, and will be especially useful for educators and librarians. Recommended. General and undergraduate readers."-Choice "[u]seful for students who are to discuss the themes of poems or for teachers who wish to gain quick insight into an unfamiliar poem. Recommended."-Library Media Connection "Thematic Guide to American Poetry provides a valuable outlet for students or teachers looking for poems on a given theme and is recommended for high-school, academic, and public libraries."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin " u seful for students who are to discuss the themes of poems or for teachers who wish to gain quick insight into an unfamiliar poem. Recommended."-Library Media Connection ?Collection Development Poetry??Library Journal ?Collection Development Poetry?-Library Journal ?...provides an especially powerful curriculum-planning tool for high school English and social studies teachers.?-VOYA ?...well organized, fills a niche in the literature, and will be especially useful for educators and librarians. Recommended. General and undergraduate readers.?-Choice ?[u]seful for students who are to discuss the themes of poems or for teachers who wish to gain quick insight into an unfamiliar poem. Recommended.?-Library Media Connection ?Thematic Guide to American Poetry provides a valuable outlet for students or teachers looking for poems on a given theme and is recommended for high-school, academic, and public libraries.?-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin ?The teacher working with less motivated or less advanced students will find this book helpful....Burns' clear, concise interpretations will promote discussion and study and provide a sound foundation for comparison with other interpretations. useful to advanced students and their teachers.?-School Library Journal .,."provides an especially powerful curriculum-planning tool for high school English and social studies teachers."-VOYA .,."well organized, fills a niche in the literature, and will be especially useful for educators and librarians. Recommended. General and undergraduate readers."-Choice
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About Allan Burns

ALLAN BURNS is Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His interests include American Poetry and American nature writing. His articles and reviews have been published in American Literary Realism, American Literature, English Studies, The Henry James Review and Papers on Language and Literature.
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