classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious poet and
literature student."—Washington Post
A Poet’s Glossary
was an extraordinary achievement, a definitive source for poets and
poetry lovers alike. Now, The Essential Poet’s Glossary gleans the
very best from that extraordinary volume.
sparkling new work compiles poetic terms spanning centuries and
continents, including forms, devices, movements, aesthetics,
rhetorical terms, and folklore. Knowing how a poem works is crucial
to unlocking its meaning — entries will deepen readers’
relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of
understanding in each new poem they encounter. Shot through with the
enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made A Poet’s
Glossary and How to Read a Poem so beloved, this Essential edition is
the book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of poetry
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