Poetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Poetry, arguably, has a greater range of conceptual meaning than perhaps any other term in English. At the most basic level everyone can recognize it--it is a kind of literature that uses special linguistic devices of organization and expression for aesthetic effect. However, far grander claims have been made for poetry than this -- such as Shelley's that the poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, and that poetry is a higher truth.

In this Very Short Introduction Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called poetry -- from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility?

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About the Author

Bernard O'Donoghue is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, where he taught Medieval English and Modern Irish Poetry. Also a poet and a literary critic, his poetry collection Gunpowder (Chatto & Windus, 1995) was awarded the 1995 Whitbread Poetry Award. He has authored and edited several titles, including The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (CUP, 2008) and Reading Chaucer's Poems: A Guided Selection (Faber, 2015). In 2006, his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published by Penguin.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780199229116
ISBN-10: 0199229112
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 1st, 2019
Pages: 168
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions