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- DescriptionThe Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works. Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art, Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing. As Poet Laureate, Pinsky is one of America's best spokesmen for poetry. In this fascinating book, he explains how poets use the techlogy of poetry--its sounds--to create works of art that are performed in us when we read them aloud. He devotes brief, informative chapters to accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank and free verse. He cites examples from the work of fifty different poets--from Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to W. C. Williams, Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, C. K. Williams, Louise Gluck, and Frank Bidart.This ideal introductory volume belongs in the library of every poet and student of poetry.
- Author BiographyRobert Pinsky is Poet Laureate of the United States. FSG published The Inferno of Dante in 1994 and The Figured Wheel in 1996. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and lives in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.
- Author(s)Robert Pinsky
- PublisherFarrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Date of Publication31/12/1998
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Weight145 g
- Width127 mm
- Height191 mm
- Spine12 mm
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