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Praise for previous editions: "An extraordinarily helpful volume that will save untold hours of reference time for the student, the general reader, and the literary scholar. (Modern Language Journal )

Praise for previous editions: "The standard source for information on the history and criticism of poetry and poetic technique and theory. (Booklist )

Praise for previous editions: "Should delight browsers and scholars alike. A must for all libraries. (Choice )

Praise for previous editions: "As essential for any working poet as a good dictionary. (Writer's Digest )

Praise for previous editions: "A reference work of distinction which all who work in the field of literary studies will find extremely useful if not, indeed, indispensable. (Classical Journal )

Praise for previous editions: "Provides one-stop shopping for the needs that formerly demanded a round of reference roulette among a handbook of poetic forms, a dictionary of literary terms, and a manual of rhetoric. (Yale Review )

Praise for previous editions: "It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO --and I thought I could catch them out there. (Thom Gunn Threepenny Review )

Praise for previous editions: "This is one book that genuinely deserves to be called 'essential.' (MultiCultural Review )

About the Author

Roland Greene is the Mark Pigott OBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Clare Cavanagh is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. Jahan Ramazani is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Paul F. Rouzer is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16224 KB
  • Print Length: 1679 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 4 edition (26 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BP3BNU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Slavko Mihalic, Aleksandar Petrov, and Ferida Durakovic may not be household names in the US, but if you're a fan of global poetry, you may be delighted to discover their work. Consider them treasures to find as you explore a new treasure map for poetry enthusiasts: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has released a new fourth edition. The time that has passed since the third edition appeared (in 1993) has meant dramatic changes in the political and geographical atmosphere, and this new edition explores a host of new names to research and discover.

Given that I prefer to focus on Eastern European and Russian literature, I decided to explore the entries for nations that didn't even exist or were brand new entities when the third edition came out. First, some general information about the book: this is not an encyclopedic collection of poets. There are no entries for Whitman or Dickinson or Ginsberg. Rather, it focuses on the literary terms and styles of poetry, including sections for the poetry specific to certain nations and cultures.

The sections on smaller, new nations are comprehensive and complete, containing a bit of the political scene but focusing more on the influences and poets before and after major crises occurred.

From Slovakia: Mila Haugova, Jan Buzassy, and Daniel Hevier are listed as contemporary poets, and reference is made to a 2010 release "Six Slovak Poets" (available here: [...]) that promises to explore the seriousness and humor unique to the region. Yes, I must have it!

Slovenia: Gregor Podlagar, Maja Vidmar, and Lucija Stupica.
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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.
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It is entirely bizarre that both Whitman and Dickinson are treated with utter disdain by the editors. It is surely wrong for them to describe both - as they do - as minor poets, and grossly overrated aberrations. A poor typeface, and a rather idiosyncratic internal structure, this book is large, cumbersome, and a bit of a curate's egg.

On the plus side, an awfully large amount of material is covered, but the omissions and prejudices of the editors rather spoil this study overall.

There seems to be more than a whiff of (post)postmodern American academic imperialism about this encyclopedia, and it it is poorer for this unfortunate narcissism.
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The TLS review of the latest edition alerted me to this reference book. I've been using it for 6 months now and don't regret buying it. Every time I consult it, I learn something interesting or useful for writing/reading poetry. I don't think I'll ever exhaust it. It is a bit bulky for taking outside the study and I don't know whether the paperback would wear very well from being carried about/ chucked in the car. But it is fascinating bedtime reading. It's an invaluable check on poetic forms /terms and saves digging through several books. (For individual poets writing in English, I can use the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry.). Great to browse in when you maybe feel a bit tired to read the poems themselves.
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Given that the typeface is larger, more may be less here. I must say that, along with Rhyme's Reason (3rd ed 2001) and The Encyclopedia of American Poetry (Twentieth Century) of the same year, I've always been perfectly content with my second 'enlarged' edition of this opus, which already contained 992 pages. Who goes to these sorts of works for an up-to-the-minute view? I thought the 3rd, with its 1434 pages, too bulky - and now this, possibly ill-advised, update. See the lead critical review on amazon.com - and try before you buy
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