How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

Also available in:

"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you." So begins this astonishing book by one of our leading poets and critics. In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message—which is of vital importance in day-to-day life—can reach us and make a difference. For Hirsch, poetry is not just a part of life, it is life, and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions. In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read it.

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547543727

  • ISBN-10: 0547543727

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 03/22/1999

  • Age(s): 14,15,16

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1210L

Edward Hirsch
Author

Edward Hirsch

EDWARD HIRSCH is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published ten books of poems and six books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.
Learn More
  • reviews

    "A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."-The Baltimore Sun

    "Hirsch's contribution is significant, [grounded] in the obvious pleasure he has experienced through words. . . . Who could resist the wiles of this poetry-broker-a writer rapidly becoming the baby boomers' preeminent man of letters?"-Detroit Free Press

    "Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of how to read a poem is: Ecstatically."-The Boston Book Review

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547543727

  • ISBN-10: 0547543727

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 03/22/1999

  • Age(s): 14,15,16

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1210L

Want the latest...

on all things Nonfiction?