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Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thorou Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment--including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies--than conventional handbooks or dictionaries. This is a book that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without. Thoroughly revised and updated by a new editorial team for twenty-first-century students, scholars, and poets More than 250 new entries cover recent terms, movements, and related topics Broader international coverage includes articles on the poetries of more than 110 nations, regions, and languages Expanded coverage of poetries of the non-Western and developing worlds Updated bibliographies and cross-references New, easier-to-use page design Fully indexed for the first time


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Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thorou Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment--including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies--than conventional handbooks or dictionaries. This is a book that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without. Thoroughly revised and updated by a new editorial team for twenty-first-century students, scholars, and poets More than 250 new entries cover recent terms, movements, and related topics Broader international coverage includes articles on the poetries of more than 110 nations, regions, and languages Expanded coverage of poetries of the non-Western and developing worlds Updated bibliographies and cross-references New, easier-to-use page design Fully indexed for the first time

30 review for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Slavko Mihalic, Aleksandar Petrov, and Ferida Durakovic may not be household names in the US, but if you’re a fan of global poetry, you may be delighted to discover their work. Consider them treasures to find as you explore a new treasure map for poetry enthusiasts: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has released a new fourth edition. The time that has passed since the third edition appeared (in 1993) has meant dramatic changes in the political and geographical atmosphere, and this Slavko Mihalic, Aleksandar Petrov, and Ferida Durakovic may not be household names in the US, but if you’re a fan of global poetry, you may be delighted to discover their work. Consider them treasures to find as you explore a new treasure map for poetry enthusiasts: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has released a new fourth edition. The time that has passed since the third edition appeared (in 1993) has meant dramatic changes in the political and geographical atmosphere, and this new edition explores a host of new names to research and discover. Given that I prefer to focus on Eastern European and Russian literature, I decided to explore the entries for nations that didn’t even exist or were brand new entities when the third edition came out. First, some general information about the book: this is not an encyclopedic collection of poets. There are no entries for Whitman or Dickinson or Ginsberg. Rather, it focuses on the literary terms and styles of poetry, including sections for the poetry specific to certain nations and cultures. The sections on smaller, new nations are comprehensive and complete, containing a bit of the political scene but focusing more on the influences and poets before and after major crises occurred. From Slovakia: Mila Haugova, Jan Buzassy, and Daniel Hevier are listed as contemporary poets, and reference is made to a 2010 release “Six Slovak Poets” (available here: http://www.bookdepository.com/Six-Slo...) that promises to explore the seriousness and humor unique to the region. Yes, I must have it! Slovenia: Gregor Podlagar, Maja Vidmar, and Lucija Stupica. Croatia: Slavko Mihalic, Daniel Dragojevic, and Drago Stambuck Bosnia: Abdulah Sidran, whose poetry the editors remarked as “imbued with a sadness resulting from his perception of disharmony in the world.” Given his locale, the exploration of this poet should be fascinating while likely tragic. The editors state, “His poems give the impression of settling accounts with life.” Comparing his work to those of the same region but differing political bases should make for a fascinating study. It would also be interesting to use the Encyclopedia to compare these contemporary poets with early 20th century poets in the same regions suffering other types of oppression. Czech Republic: Petr Borkovec writes about the “upheaval in Czech culture” that occurs with the disintegration of political lines while the peoples and culture remain in static. Serbia: Novica Tadic and Aleksandar Petrov Albania: Dritero Agolli and Ismail Kadare (also known for his fiction). Fun fact: despite chaos in the region and the intellectual suppression of dictator Hoxha, “verse collections…account for more than 50% of literary output” (31). An astonishing amount, considering that an expert in poetics in the US, Maggie Balistreri, estimates about 2100 books of poetry are published in the US per year (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/artic...) while according to Wiki (I know, sorry!) the remainder of published works runs well over 300,000. Another worthy mention is that this version lists useful websites for further research, notably The Poetry International Web Net (http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net...) that allows you to search by country. I think my only disappointment was that Belarus didn't have it's own entry, as it was combined with the Russian section, and that makes for the lack of mention of Valzhyna Mort, an amazing poet and ardent supporter of freedom in Belarus.

  2. 4 out of 5

    C. J. Plourde

    If you are a poet, or a writer of prose, this book is a must. It has 1,679 pages of the most beautiful information, detailing the poetic styles of countless peoples, tribes, and countries, including the poetry of Iceland, Bulgaria, India, Ireland, and has, to note, devoted ten pages to the poetry of Indigenous Nahuatl language, the languages of the Mexica, the Azetcs, the Inca. This book is the definitive source for your poetic needs and will keep you reading from page to page, like a great piec If you are a poet, or a writer of prose, this book is a must. It has 1,679 pages of the most beautiful information, detailing the poetic styles of countless peoples, tribes, and countries, including the poetry of Iceland, Bulgaria, India, Ireland, and has, to note, devoted ten pages to the poetry of Indigenous Nahuatl language, the languages of the Mexica, the Azetcs, the Inca. This book is the definitive source for your poetic needs and will keep you reading from page to page, like a great piece of fiction. Most sections also include bibliographies, for those who want to read more about specific terms, cultures, etc. In describing the word rhyme, Princeton gives us approximately 15 page, and a bibliography of what appears to be at least one hundred titles! If you are a writer, and are serious about learning not only about American poetry but literature and the poetry of the world, this book is indispensable!

  3. 4 out of 5

    C J Plourde

    The most absolutely fascinating read since "A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Edited by J.A. Cuddon, Fourth Editions, Blackwell Publications. This is the bible of all bibles and is a must for anyone who likes reading dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. It has 1,639 pages of information about literature and poetry and describes hundreds of poetry movements around the world. If I had a bible, this would be it! Also, though it lists for more than $50.00, I got it for $32.00 CDN! A gr The most absolutely fascinating read since "A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Edited by J.A. Cuddon, Fourth Editions, Blackwell Publications. This is the bible of all bibles and is a must for anyone who likes reading dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. It has 1,639 pages of information about literature and poetry and describes hundreds of poetry movements around the world. If I had a bible, this would be it! Also, though it lists for more than $50.00, I got it for $32.00 CDN! A great deal. The only con is that a book like this will get lots of use, and Princeton could have made the hardcover a bit cheaper—at $150.00 I had no choice but to buy the paperback version.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    A great deal of work (six years in fact, although many, many more, if the combined multiple years of experience and scholarship of the contributors to this grand volume are taken into consideration) has gone into the compilation of this comprehensive guide to the vast field of Poetics, which embraces both the theoretical and the practical study of poetry. This volume, which is the fourth edition of this leading work, is founded, as well as much expanded, on the three preceding noteworthy edition A great deal of work (six years in fact, although many, many more, if the combined multiple years of experience and scholarship of the contributors to this grand volume are taken into consideration) has gone into the compilation of this comprehensive guide to the vast field of Poetics, which embraces both the theoretical and the practical study of poetry. This volume, which is the fourth edition of this leading work, is founded, as well as much expanded, on the three preceding noteworthy editions. The distinguished team of editors that refined and brought the previous work that had been done on this insightful and leading work completely up-to-date personally evaluated each and every entry in the preceding edition, which was brought out almost two decades ago, in 1993, in order to see which should be retained, which amended with information that had since become available, and which should be entirely replaced with more relevant and contemporary insights, either on long-standing topics and issues, or on ones that had emerged during the time period concerned. An outstanding feature of this work has been the amount of collaboration that has contributed towards it remaining a key work in the extensive field of poetry and Poetics. Not only have the latest contributors to this volume worked jointly on a number of the entries, but previous contributors have, on many occasions, also had their say, and have been fully acknowledged for so doing, on how, where relevant, certain entries could be made more extensive and more contemporaneous. Of the more than 1,100 entries that fill the pages of this exceptionally well-written volume, 250 entries are completely new, attesting to the significant extent of strides in the field of Poetics that have occurred over the last two decades, including the number of new schools of thought that have emerged during this period. The coverage of international poetries and movements, and the effect of new digital media on the development of poetry and its critique, has also been broadened and made more intensive. Although the 1639+ pages of the current volume have not allowed for the inclusion of individual entries on specific poets or their works, many of the entries contain allusions to such, with the expanded and contemporized bibliographies accompanying the entries serving as a key to further perusal of supplementary and complementary material on the more specific elements involved. In addition, the brand-new index, which was lacking in the previous three editions of this magnum opus, provides access to the subtopics contained within the larger entries. The entries that the Encyclopedia contains, in alphabetical order, consist of the following types: terms and concepts; genres and forms; periods, schools, and movements; the poetries of nations, regions, and languages; and poetry in relation to other cultural forms, disciplines, and social practices, such as linguistics, religion, and science. In short, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is to be thoroughly recommended, not only for its broad sweep of history and for its worldwide coverage (with much additional focus on the poetry and Poetics of Latin America, East and South Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe), but also for its clear organisation and presentation that is in keeping with sound academic principles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    A great deal of work (six years in fact, although many, many more, if the combined multiple years of experience and scholarship of the contributors to this grand volume are taken into consideration) has gone into the compilation of this comprehensive guide to the vast field of Poetics, which embraces both the theoretical and the practical study of poetry. This volume, which is the fourth edition of this leading work, is founded, as well as much expanded, on the three preceding noteworthy edition A great deal of work (six years in fact, although many, many more, if the combined multiple years of experience and scholarship of the contributors to this grand volume are taken into consideration) has gone into the compilation of this comprehensive guide to the vast field of Poetics, which embraces both the theoretical and the practical study of poetry. This volume, which is the fourth edition of this leading work, is founded, as well as much expanded, on the three preceding noteworthy editions. The distinguished team of editors that refined and brought the previous work that had been done on this insightful and leading work completely up-to-date personally evaluated each and every entry in the preceding edition, which was brought out almost two decades ago, in 1993, in order to see which should be retained, which amended with information that had since become available, and which should be entirely replaced with more relevant and contemporary insights, either on long-standing topics and issues, or on ones that had emerged during the time period concerned. An outstanding feature of this work has been the amount of collaboration that has contributed towards it remaining a key work in the extensive field of poetry and Poetics. Not only have the latest contributors to this volume worked jointly on a number of the entries, but previous contributors have, on many occasions, also had their say, and have been fully acknowledged for so doing, on how, where relevant, certain entries could be made more extensive and more contemporaneous. Of the more than 1,100 entries that fill the pages of this exceptionally well-written volume, 250 entries are completely new, attesting to the significant extent of strides in the field of Poetics that have occurred over the last two decades, including the number of new schools of thought that have emerged during this period. The coverage of international poetries and movements, and the effect of new digital media on the development of poetry and its critique, has also been broadened and made more intensive. Although the 1639+ pages of the current volume have not allowed for the inclusion of individual entries on specific poets or their works, many of the entries contain allusions to such, with the expanded and contemporized bibliographies accompanying the entries serving as a key to further perusal of supplementary and complementary material on the more specific elements involved. In addition, the brand-new index, which was lacking in the previous three editions of this magnum opus, provides access to the subtopics contained within the larger entries. The entries that the Encyclopedia contains, in alphabetical order, consist of the following types: terms and concepts; genres and forms; periods, schools, and movements; the poetries of nations, regions, and languages; and poetry in relation to other cultural forms, disciplines, and social practices, such as linguistics, religion, and science. In short, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is to be thoroughly recommended, not only for its broad sweep of history and for its worldwide coverage (with much additional focus on the poetry and Poetics of Latin America, East and South Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe), but also for its clear organisation and presentation that is in keeping with sound academic principles.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vasile

    Great source of information and reference! Must have

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a much more international reference reference than previous editions, with entries ranging outside the poetry and poetics of Europe and North America, to include terms and forms and poetic traditions (but not poets) from languages like those of the indigenous peoples of the world, African languages, the languages of India, and many of the languages of China. That has meant, in some cases, shorter entries on the more obscure and arcane terms associated with European poetry, but I think th This is a much more international reference reference than previous editions, with entries ranging outside the poetry and poetics of Europe and North America, to include terms and forms and poetic traditions (but not poets) from languages like those of the indigenous peoples of the world, African languages, the languages of India, and many of the languages of China. That has meant, in some cases, shorter entries on the more obscure and arcane terms associated with European poetry, but I think the change is a good one. Core entries are still thorough (seven plus densely packed pages on metaphor, for instance). Another much welcomed change has been the inclusion of an index, and a very thorough index at that, in addition to the alphabetical list of entries divided by general topic preceding the A–Z entries of the Encyclopedia. The typography too is much improved, and while the longer entries are still dense, they are much more readable. Subsection headings are helpful in navigating the individual entries, and cross-references are both numerous and appropriately chosen. Individual entries are by a range of scholars, not just the editors, and they tend to be authorities in their various era and languages specialties (for instance Harvard Celticists Patrick K. Ford and Aled Jones on Celtic Prosody). The bibliographies at the end of each entry have also been updated, making The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics still the authoritative starting place. Full review at Floccinaucical.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Jensen

    I worked for one of the (many) editors of this book and had to pick up a copy back in 2013.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Great reference. It's one I consult often.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dr Peter Kalve

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.W.D. Nicolello

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    Lorna

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alireza Shams

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    Melissa

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    Chrystian Zegarra

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    Frog Prince

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ella Evans

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    Monica

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    F. Clifford Gibbons

  21. 4 out of 5

    Larry Mc Ilvoy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark D Miller

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    Isaac

  24. 4 out of 5

    Middlethought

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Keller

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Dublin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

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    Kate

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    Andrea

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jesse De Angelis

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