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The Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer Paperback – 4 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057127871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571278718
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Tom Paulin's A Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer is an encounter with some of the most celebrated poems in the English language, by one of the most distinguished poet-critics of our time.

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The Secret Life of Poems is a primer which offers a poem – or on occasion an excerpt – with succeeding commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase. This brief engagement with forty-seven poems is intended for students and readers of poetry, and seeks to explain how poetry works by bringing into view the hidden order of specific poems. The idea for the book came from Tom Paulin’s experience of reading a poem by Yeats, and realising the subtlety of its workings as the sudden dawning of an acoustic or musical aspect: ‘I began to imagine a critical account of his or any poet’s work which jettisoned all earnest explication of the text and concentrated on sound, cadence, metre, rhyme, form.’ The Secret Life of Poems is true to Yeats’s dictum that ‘Words alone are certain good’. It is at once an anthology and a plein-air encounter with some of the most celebrated poems in the language, by one of the most distinguished poet-critics of our time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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