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The Poem and the Journey: 60 Poems for the Journey of Life Paperback – 3 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492948
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's a generous, likable, diligent and smart piece of work" (Andrew Motion Guardian)

"Ruth Padel is Virgil in the 'Inferno' of poetry. She guides the reader gently and deftly on the journey... This is much more than a book about poetry, this is a handbook for living!" (Fiona Shaw)

"Brilliant... Padel draws on a huge range of references to make a powerful case for poetry as a living art form" (Independent)

"As a writer you would probably choose Ruth Padel as your ideal reader. Her eye misses very little of the nudging and winking that goes on in a poem, and she seems able to tune into the silent music of text on the page...she finds more than most to engage with and enjoy" (Simon Armitage)

"An enlivening, illuminating book, lucid, accessible and probing" (The Times)

Synopsis

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet who has also become renowned as an energetic, generous and thought-provoking guide to reading poetry. Her "52 Ways of Looking at a Poem", with its lively overview of contemporary writing and eye-opening readings of individual poems, is indispensable for anyone who writes poetry, teaches it, or simply wants to enjoy it. In her new book, she uses sixty poems by some of our finest poets to look at the idea of the journey, through literature and through life. As Padel makes clear in her fascinating introduction, today's debates about how accessible a poem should be are poetry's older tradition. To rhyme or not to rhyme? The Elizabethans fought over that one, while the Greeks couldn't agree about whether poetry should be dumbed down or remain the preserve of the elite. Combining her training as a Classicist with her insights as a poet, Padel highlights the ways in which the best poets now find a balance between rhymed formal verse and modernism's freer styles, using a traditional, formal craft to convey genuinely felt, up-to-the-minute experience.

In an increasingly unstable world, she argues, we need poetry more than ever to help us to see afresh and understand the journeys of our lives.

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