A significant revision,
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This review is from: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition (Kindle Edition)This is a significant revision of the previous Preminger/Brogan edition, which itself was a great improvement on its predecessor. Many of the entries have been completely rewritten - the new texts add both scope and comprehensibility and bring the analysis of their subjects up-to-date with contemporary scholarship. And the tone is certainly scholarly, despite the breadth of topic coverage. With bibliographic references at the end of each article, the reader is pointed towards wider sources for study.
On a more prosaic level, the physical format - a larger book and better typefaces - make the book much easier to read than any the earlier editions, although its physical heft echoes the weightiness of its analysis.
This not a light introduction to poetry or a biography of poets. Although it is an encyclopedia, with articles arranged alphabetically, it amounts to a detailed definition of what poetry is, and what it has been.
For once, the publisher's blurb is justified: if you are really interested in poetry and want to understand more about it, this book has to be in your library.