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Why poetry

Author: Matthew Zapruder
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Ecco paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry - and poetry alone - can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Zapruder
ISBN: 0062343084 9780062343086
OCLC Number: 1017589469
Description: xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Three beginnings and the machine of poetry --
Literalists of the imagination --
Three literal readings --
Make it strange --
Some thoughts on form and why I rhyme --
The one thing that can save America --
Negative capability --
Three political poems --
Dream meaning --
Alien names --
True symbols --
Most of the stories have to do with vanishing --
Nothing is the force that renovates the world.
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"In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry - and poetry alone - can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with it ... Anchored in poetic analysis and steered through Zapruder's personal experience of coming to the form, Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While he provides a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminates concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone"--

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