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The Poem and the Journey: And Sixty Poems to Read Along the Way Paperback – 4 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; Critical ed. edition (4 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701179732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701179731
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It's a generous, likable, diligent and smart piece of work'
-- Guardian, reviewed by Andrew Motion

"Padel shows that in these works people of all ages can find
enlightenment and fulfilment."
-- The Good Book Guide

'Every school in the land should have a copy.'
-- London Review of Books

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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