How to Read a Poem

By Terry Eagleton

Lucid, wonderful and whole of perception, How To learn A Poem is designed to banish the intimidation that too frequently attends the topic of poetry, and in doing so as to convey it into the private ownership of the scholars and the final reader.

  • Offers an in depth exam of poetic shape and its relation to content.
  • Takes a variety of poems from the Renaissance to the current day and submits them to brilliantly illuminating closes analysis.
  • Discusses the paintings of significant poets, together with John Milton, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, W.H.Auden, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and lots of more.
  • Includes a precious thesaurus of poetic terms.

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That ultimate exclamation mark is superfluous, yet Koch’s parody, in addition to being mildly humorous, makes an enticing implicit touch upon the Williams unique. it kind of feels (or pretends) to work out Williams’s poem as trying to excuse egocentric and irresponsible behaviour by means of beautiful to the privileges bestowed on him by way of the prestige of poet. Poets, so the implication runs, think themselves absolved from universal ethical strictures. Their self-centred cult of feeling elevates their very own wishes over the claims of others, and the naivety with which they recognize this is often easily a part of their ethical immaturity.

A Passage to India four Foucault, Michel 2, 18 4 Quartets (Eliot) 19–20, fifty nine Frazer, R. 140n8 unfastened verse 26 Freud, Sigmund sixty four, sixty eight Frost, Robert ‘Stopping by means of Woods on a Snowy night’ sixty four, 96–9 Frye, Northrop sixteen complete stops ninety four, 131 Furbank, P. N. 139n6 Futurists 21 Garvin, Paul 52n2 generalities 146, 148–9 Genette, Gérard 2 style 31, fifty one Georgian poetry one hundred forty four Georgics (Virgil) 30–1, 89 172 HTRD02. qxd 25/05/2006 05:19PM web page 173 Index ‘Gerontion’ (Eliot) 151 ‘God store the Queen’ 38–9 ‘God’s Grandeur’ (Hopkins) 153–7 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 19 Grace/Nature 155–6 grammar 123–4 grand narratives 7, 163 grey, Thomas ‘Elegy in a rustic Churchyard’ 73–4 grief 107, 114 Grundrisse (Marx) 142 Haeffner, Paul 141n9 Haffenden, John 33n2 Hamlet (Shakespeare) ninety five, 113 Hardy, Thomas one hundred forty five, 148, one hundred sixty ‘The Darkling Thrush’ 121 Hartman, Geoffrey 2 Heaney, Seamus 142 ‘Digging’ 60, sixty one Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich thirteen Heidegger, Martin 17, 20 Hemingway, Ernest 19 Herbert, George ‘The Collar’ 116–17 ‘Love’ ninety four heroic couplets 25, fifty three, 166 Keats seventy eight Pope 87–8, 162 historical past 36, 160–4 history-as-heritage 18, 19, 20 Homer Iliad 33, sixty two Hopkins, Gerard Manley eighty five ‘God’s Grandeur’ 153–7 imagery a hundred and fifty five inscapes thirteen, 167 inventiveness forty five, 156–7 labour 158 Roman Catholicism 154 sound-patterns one hundred fifty five ‘Spring and Fall’ 124–5 verbal self-consciousness 42–3 ‘The Windhover’ forty three Housman, A.

The poet easily isn’t sure sufficient of the way he feels concerning the herb to provide a easily unfractured sentence approximately it. as an alternative, one scrupulously qualifying sub-clause tumbles tough at the heels of one other. it's the candour of the passage that's a part of its allure – the best way that the poet we could us see his doubts, shifts of standpoint and surprising modulations of feeling as they ensue to him, with no feeling the necessity to gentle this ungainly procedure into an 122 HTRC05. qxd 12/05/2006 12:32PM web page 123 the way to learn a Poem built-in trend.

In its place, for Thomas up to for Thomas Hardy, it's the ironic, contingent, in simple terms random method they collide with one another that's so much imaginatively compelling. issues exist within the current, but in addition, in a ghostly, indeterminate type of method, sooner or later. they've got a equally hazy lifestyles, via reminiscence, some time past. reminiscence and anticipation are colleges which basically human animals own, provided as they're with the facility of mind's eye. Robins possibly don't cherish fond stories in their childish years, or blackbirds count on the farmer to come subsequent Wednesday at ten mins prior 3.

Qxd 25/05/2006 05:19PM web page 173 Index ‘Gerontion’ (Eliot) 151 ‘God keep the Queen’ 38–9 ‘God’s Grandeur’ (Hopkins) 153–7 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 19 Grace/Nature 155–6 grammar 123–4 grand narratives 7, 163 grey, Thomas ‘Elegy in a rustic Churchyard’ 73–4 grief 107, 114 Grundrisse (Marx) 142 Haeffner, Paul 141n9 Haffenden, John 33n2 Hamlet (Shakespeare) ninety five, 113 Hardy, Thomas a hundred forty five, 148, one hundred sixty ‘The Darkling Thrush’ 121 Hartman, Geoffrey 2 Heaney, Seamus 142 ‘Digging’ 60, sixty one Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich thirteen Heidegger, Martin 17, 20 Hemingway, Ernest 19 Herbert, George ‘The Collar’ 116–17 ‘Love’ ninety four heroic couplets 25, fifty three, 166 Keats seventy eight Pope 87–8, 162 heritage 36, 160–4 history-as-heritage 18, 19, 20 Homer Iliad 33, sixty two Hopkins, Gerard Manley eighty five ‘God’s Grandeur’ 153–7 imagery one hundred fifty five inscapes thirteen, 167 inventiveness forty five, 156–7 labour 158 Roman Catholicism 154 sound-patterns a hundred and fifty five ‘Spring and Fall’ 124–5 verbal self-consciousness 42–3 ‘The Windhover’ forty three Housman, A.

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