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The Poetry Handbook

Second Edition

John Lennard

05 January 2006

ISBN: 9780199265381

448 pages

In Stock

Price: £30.99



The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at different poems, to build up sustained analytical readings.

The second edition - fully revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website - confirm The Poetry Handbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.

  • Offers a detailed discussion and introduction to poetic technique
  • Emphasis on practical criticism helps students gain a new appreciation for poetry and to really learn how poems work
  • New companion website includes links to poems cited in the text and sample student essays
  • Very accessible for students, with clear, logical analysis, entertaining examples and a glossary with coherent definitions
  • References throughout are to the new fifth edition of The Norton Anthology - the standard set-text in most undergraduate poety courses

New to this edition

  • The second edition is accompanied by a companion website, including links to all the poems cited in the text and sample student essays
  • The new edition will use an additional six poems to provide running examples within the various chapters, as well as using Derek Walcott's 'Nearing Forty'
  • The book's coverage will be extended to include discussion of poetic sequences and narrative poetry
  • All references to the 'Norton Anthology of English Literature' will be updated to refer to the current (4th) edition
  • The book will include an annotated bibliography

About the Author(s)

John Lennard, Professor-Elect of British and American Literature, UWI-Mona, Jamaica

Table of Contents

    Glossary and Index of Technical Terms
    Index of Poems and Poets Quoted and Cited
    Select Bibliography and Further Reading


"Lennard succeeds in being as exhaustive as he can possibly be..." - Caroline Bertoneche, Universite de Provence

"Very readable... gives and excellent overview of poetry in English and will explain rhythm, metre and style." - The Observer, February 2006