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The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers and Writers of Poetry provides students with the essential intellectual and practical tools necessary to read, understand, and write poetry. Explains the most important elements of poetry in clear language and an easily accessible manner Offers readers both the expertise of an established scholar and the insights of a practicing poet Draws on examples from more than 1,500 years of English literature
William Harmon is the James Gordon Hanes Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. Now retired, Harmon is the editor of A Handbook to Literature, now in its 12th edition, and has published five books of original poetry and received various awards, including the Robert B. Heilman Award given by The Sewanee Review for excellence in book reviewing.
Table of Contents
Key to Symbols xv
1 The Arts of Story-Telling 1
2 The Arts of Character 40
3 The Arts of Sentiment: States of Mind and Feeling 65
4 The Arts of Diction 82
5 The Arts of Sound 109
Appendix A: Simplified Phonetic Alphabet 133
Appendix B: Summary of Prosody 133
6 The Arts of Layout 139
7 The Arts of Reaction 158
Suggestions for Reading: A Biased Bibliography 217