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Don't Read Poetry

Don't Read Poetry

Doug says: I think it will be just right for  one of our poetry workshops. People (poets even!) used to scowl and laugh at me when I’d make  distinctions between poetry and poems. Here, Professor Burt cranks the whole issue up into a  discussion with more breadth and depth than I could ever have imagined–though the seed thoughts  have been with me for a decade. Thank you, dear author, for transforming my stuttering into a  masterful symposium regarding what matters about reading poems rather than poetry. 

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.
Publication Date: 
May 21, 2019