How to Read a Poem

By Terry Eagleton

Lucid, interesting and entire of perception, How To learn A Poem is designed to banish the intimidation that too usually attends the topic of poetry, and in doing to be able to carry it into the non-public ownership of the scholars and the final reader.

  • Offers a close exam of poetic shape and its relation to content.
  • Takes quite a lot 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 plenty of more.
  • Includes a necessary word list of poetic terms.

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Yeats’ 7–8, ninety ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ 3–8 Auerbach, Eric nine Augustine, Saint thirteen Austen, Jane 66–7, 158 authenticity 59–60 computerized writing fifty four ‘To Autumn’ (Keats) 59–60 avant-garde artists 21 ‘Badger’ (Clare) 37–8 Bakhtin, Mikhail 2, nine Baldick, Chris 141n10 Balzac, Honoré de 29 Barbauld, Anna Laetitia ‘The Rights of lady’ 117 Barthes, Roland 2, sixteen, 161–2 Bateson, F. W. 91n4 bathos 4–5, 27, eighty three, 136–7, 138, one hundred sixty five 169 HTRD02. qxd 25/05/2006 05:19PM web page a hundred and seventy Index ‘Battle-Hymn of the Republic’ (Howe) forty three good looks fifty eight, sixty four ‘Because i couldn't cease for dying’ (Dickinson) 100–1 trust method 89 Benjamin, Walter 2, nine, 17–18, 20 Bennett, Tony 48n1 Blake, William 12, 14, 24 ‘Tyger’ 70–2, 163 clean verse 25, a hundred sixty five bombast eleven, 116, one hundred sixty five Brecht, Bertolt 21, eighty, 80n1, 106, 106n1 Brecht and corporate (Eagleton) 70 Breton, André 21 Brontë, Charlotte 33 Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights sixty seven Brooke, Rupert ‘The Soldier’ 60–1 Browning, Elizabeth Barrett ‘How do i like thee? permit me count number the methods’ 118 Browning, Robert ‘How They introduced the excellent news from Ghent to Aix’ 119 ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ 103–4, 116 Brownjohn, Alan ‘Common feel’ 34–5 ‘Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar’ (Eliot) ninety four Burke, Kenneth nine Byron, George Gordon 12, 35–6 Cambridge university nine Cantos (Pound) forty two capitalism 17, 18 Carroll, Lewis ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves’ forty six ‘Charge of the sunshine Brigade’ (Tennyson) 118 Chaucer, Geoffrey 17 chiasmus 14, 141, a hundred sixty five ‘Chicago’ (Sandburg) 113 children’s emotion 107 Cicero 15 ‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion’ (Yeats) eighty three citizenship eleven civilisation/philology nine Cixous, Hélène 2 Clare, John ‘Badger’ 37–8 shut studying 1–2, 10, 102–8 Clough, Arthur Hugh Amours de Voyage sixty two code 33, fifty one, 52–3 Coleridge, Samuel Taylor thirteen, sixteen, 19 Lyrical Ballads 12, 37–8 ‘The Collar’ (Herbert) 116–17 Collins, William 158 ‘Ode to night’ 143–9 colloquial idiom four colon 7, 131 comedian impact 27, 137, 138 comma ninety four, 122, 131 commercialisation of writing 162 commodification 17, 18 ‘Common experience’ (Brownjohn) 34–5 conversation 15, fifty seven compression forty two, fifty two, 121, 124–5 conative functionality fifty one conceit fifty six, 93–4, one hundred sixty five concrete 12, 139, 141 connotation one hundred ten, 111 Conrad, Joseph 23, 25 realization 22, one hundred forty five, 159, one hundred sixty consonants 120–1 consumerism 18 touch, verbal exchange fifty one content material sixty five, 166 and shape 28, sixty four, 65–9, 70–88, 144–5 performative 148 politics of eight semantic sixty six a hundred and seventy HTRD02. qxd 25/05/2006 05:19PM web page 171 Index content material research 2–3 context verbal exchange fifty one conjuncture of fifty three cultural 106–7, 109–10, 118 that means 109 social one hundred and five ache eight tone ninety five phrases fifty four contradiction 88–9, 150–1 dialog kind ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ (Auden) 7 ‘Coole Park and Ballylee’ (Yeats) 81–2, eighty five, 123 Coriolanus (Shakespeare) 127 Corso, Gregory 25 Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) 33 cultural reviews sixteen cultural concept sixteen tradition 19 cummings, e. e. 130–1 Curtius, Ernst Robert nine Dadaism fifty four Dante Alighieri 89, ninety two ‘The Darkling Thrush’ (Hardy) 121 Davie, Donald one hundred forty four ‘Days’ (Larkin) 125–6 de guy, Paul 2, 15, 15n7, sixty two, 62n7 De Rerum Natura (Lucretius) 30 decentring five, 159 deciphering 33 defamiliarisation forty nine democracy 10–11, 12 Demosthenes 15 denotation fifty two, one hundred ten depersonalisation eighty Derrida, Jacques 2, 15, 18 description/sensibility 161 ‘A discussion of Self and Soul’ (Yeats) 114–15 Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist 33, 35, 36 Dickinson, Emily ‘Because i couldn't cease for loss of life’ 100–1 diction one hundred forty four, 166 didactic 89, 166 difference/identity 54–5 ‘Digging’ (Heaney) 60, sixty one disbelief, suspension of 30 discourse 2–3, forty nine, ninety, 166 ‘A Disused Shed in Co.

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