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Don’t Read Poetry

Don’t Read Poetry

Author Stephanie Burt
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Date 2019-05-21
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780465094509

 An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys--and challenges--of the genre


In Don't Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another--and how they can speak to our lives. She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter. She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about "poetry," whether we think we like it or think we don't, in order to help us cherish--and distinguish among--individual poems.


A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don't Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingénues and cognoscenti alike.

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