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This volume is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at different poems, to build up sustained analytical readings. The second edition--fully revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion This volume is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at different poems, to build up sustained analytical readings. The second edition--fully revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website--confirm The Poetry Handbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.


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This volume is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at different poems, to build up sustained analytical readings. The second edition--fully revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion This volume is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at different poems, to build up sustained analytical readings. The second edition--fully revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website--confirm The Poetry Handbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.

30 review for The Poetry Handbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Taylor

    Complex technical terms are compiled in an accessible way, and the book is filled with examples and useful examination tips: for those already well-acquainted with poetic techniques it may seem unnecessarily repetitive, but as an undergraduate in their first term studying English, this book has proved to be an invaluable tool to have at one's disposal when navigating poetry in the sphere of Practical Criticism. Complex technical terms are compiled in an accessible way, and the book is filled with examples and useful examination tips: for those already well-acquainted with poetic techniques it may seem unnecessarily repetitive, but as an undergraduate in their first term studying English, this book has proved to be an invaluable tool to have at one's disposal when navigating poetry in the sphere of Practical Criticism.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bob Nichols

    This is a primer filled with “technical knowledge” on poetic techniques, A-Z. The author is especially good about poetic rhythms (“prosody”); layout (lineation, which is an aspect of punctuation); whether to capitalize the first word of each line (optional); punctuation (there’s “no such thing as ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ punctuation in poetry); diction (using words intensely as opposed to extensively, and activating “the secondary and tertiary senses of words”); syntax (there’s “no correct synta This is a primer filled with “technical knowledge” on poetic techniques, A-Z. The author is especially good about poetic rhythms (“prosody”); layout (lineation, which is an aspect of punctuation); whether to capitalize the first word of each line (optional); punctuation (there’s “no such thing as ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ punctuation in poetry); diction (using words intensely as opposed to extensively, and activating “the secondary and tertiary senses of words”); syntax (there’s “no correct syntax in English poetry”); the uses of active and passive voices to convey shades of meaning; and, word placement and sentence isolation that produce emphasis. While “too much analysis spoils pleasure” for some, Lennard says it‘s the opposite for him. Of course, a good part of his professional interest involves poetry (he uses his “OED almost every working day”). A question for the poetry reader is whether it’s worth the time to dig out and decipher hidden structures and meaning or to determine whether a poet is particularly insightful as opposed to, say, writers of fiction or non-fiction. Also, does a poem have to be complicated to be good? Is the Gettysburg address a poem?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Rivera

    The Poetry Handbook is a great book to truly indulge into the learning of poetry. It is a guide that offers help to create your own poetry, having chapters in several basics like meter, diction, rhyme, form, layout and punctuation. Lennard shows examples of each at the end of every chapter to further develop the understanding of everything. This is a great read for anyone interested how poetry works or how to correct the mistakes in your own poetry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nabilah

    This handbook is not something that can be read in one sitting and be done with. It is a very useful guide to create good poetry. The included exercises and glossary make it even more functional. I am glad i bought this book for such a cheap price (1.5 USD!!). This is a book that i will not let go.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carlyon Viles

    You feel no stone is left unturned here with every aspect of poetry discussed right down to full stops, commas and even spaces. The author's language is as rich and precise as the poetic concepts he talks about and the whole is very readable though I personally prefer more traditional terminology such as "feminine endings" to "hypermetric feet". I especially liked the use of David Walcott's poem "Nearing Forty" for each chapter where Mr Lennard draws such meaning and deep interpretation from a s You feel no stone is left unturned here with every aspect of poetry discussed right down to full stops, commas and even spaces. The author's language is as rich and precise as the poetic concepts he talks about and the whole is very readable though I personally prefer more traditional terminology such as "feminine endings" to "hypermetric feet". I especially liked the use of David Walcott's poem "Nearing Forty" for each chapter where Mr Lennard draws such meaning and deep interpretation from a short poem, which is actually a single sentence. Also very interesting are three student essays on this same poem which yield many different observations. These essays are well written too. The subjective feel of the different metric structures was also extremely helpful. I highly recommend it for both critical and creative study.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Bo

    v useful. love u john

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  12. 4 out of 5

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    Jessica

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    Kirsty

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    Shubham Gupta

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