52 Ways Of Looking At A Poem: or How Reading Modern Poetry Can Change Your Life (Paperback)
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52 Ways Of Looking At A Poem: or How Reading Modern Poetry Can Change Your Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 05/02/2004
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Ever wondered about how to really interpret poetry? Puzzled about metre, rhyming and stanzas? Presented in language thoroughly accessible for all, poet and writer Ruth Padel demystifies poetic style, structure and meaning in this comprehensive anthology of modern poems Based on the author's popular column in The Independent on Sunday, each poem is accompanied by an informative and entertaining explanatory excerpt by Padel. Featuring an assortment of contemporary poets from Carol Ann Duffy to Seamus Heaney, the collection thematically encompasses universal subjects of love, sex, family, death, as well as more obscure matters - for instance, loneliness when listening to the shipping forecast. A poem for each week of the year, Padel's exploration of the literary form expertly combines technical analysis with imaginative, creative interpretation - sure to make any reader fall in love with the modern verse. `She argues away the idea that contemporary poetry is "difficult": all it needs is a little work and the rewards are great' Sunday Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099429159
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Ruth Padel combines two major gifts: she is both a distinguished poet and a quite exceptional reader of the poetry of others... The result is a book which opens doors, which bids us share with its author and the poems she has chosen a wealth of insight" -- George Steiner
"She argues away the idea that contemporary poetry is "difficult": all it needs is a little work and the rewards are great" * Sunday Times *
"A brilliant snapshot of contemporary poetry. Padel writes with incisive intelligence, particularly in her lively and provocative introduction on gender-related power in the poetry world and why poetry has "lost its audience" -- Christina Patterson, Director of the Poetry Society * Independent *
"She chooses her poems with impeccable taste, an anthologist of the very best contemporary poetry" * The Times *
"A great gift for any student or poetry virgin who wonders what all the excitement is about" * Glasgow Herald *

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