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Parini, Jay
Why poetry matters / Jay Parini
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN1031 .P34 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Poetry
Physical Description xv, 206 p. ; 21 cm
Note "A Caravan book"--t.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p [183]-189) and index
Contents Defending poetry -- Language -- The personal voice -- The way of metaphor -- Tradition and originality -- Form and freedom -- The politics of poetry -- A natural world -- Divine parameters : a reading of 'Four quartets.'
Summary Poetry doesn't matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords. Poetry indeed matters. A gifted poet and acclaimed teacher, Parini begins by looking at defenses of poetry written over the centuries. He ponders Aristotle, Horace, and Longinus, and moves on through Sidney, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Parini examines the importance of poetic voice and the mysteries of metaphor. He argues that a poet's originality depends on a deep understanding of the traditions of political poetry, nature poetry, and religious poetry
Series Why X matters

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