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30 review for Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Okay, so to be honest, two stars may be a little generous. As you can probably already tell, I greatly dislike this book. Sure, it might take you by the hand and lead you through a vast number and variety of poems. However, the book has exactly one interpretation for each poem and if you don't nail it exactly, you get penalized (in AP lit). Moreover, finding answers to the questions presented in the book is quite difficult. It's not in the back of the book and it's not easy to find on the intern Okay, so to be honest, two stars may be a little generous. As you can probably already tell, I greatly dislike this book. Sure, it might take you by the hand and lead you through a vast number and variety of poems. However, the book has exactly one interpretation for each poem and if you don't nail it exactly, you get penalized (in AP lit). Moreover, finding answers to the questions presented in the book is quite difficult. It's not in the back of the book and it's not easy to find on the internet. Consequently, you never really know when you have a correct or incorrect interpretation of a poem (unless Mrs. Gray validates your claims). It's a shame that the book does not really allow loose interpretations of the selected poems.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    What I liked most about this book, compared to other instructive books of poetry, is the selection of formalist poetry. Granted, it seemed like half of it was Emily Dickinson (and I'm not even sure if that's an exaggeration to be honest) but that's okay because Emily Dickinson had some great poems and her layers are often friendly to the understanding. This book offers a very intensive introduction to how it intends to appraise the poems which makes it great for anyone new to poetry, as well as What I liked most about this book, compared to other instructive books of poetry, is the selection of formalist poetry. Granted, it seemed like half of it was Emily Dickinson (and I'm not even sure if that's an exaggeration to be honest) but that's okay because Emily Dickinson had some great poems and her layers are often friendly to the understanding. This book offers a very intensive introduction to how it intends to appraise the poems which makes it great for anyone new to poetry, as well as an extensive look at the form and sound of formalism. It's not quite as good for contemporary poems as many other poetry guides on the market--but that is a problem which solves itself, as the majority of books on the market are a contemporary focus.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephan Anstey

    It's a bit dry, but tons of great poems. I really like how they go over meter, it's one of the better tutorials on the matter. I don't particularly love the organization of the book, and I really wish there were a bit more on each poet - more than the years they lived. My favorite part of the book are the guiding questions. Very helpful as you try to breakdown and understand a poem. The most offensive thing to me was the little dissertation on how a poem is determined to be 'great.' There is an i It's a bit dry, but tons of great poems. I really like how they go over meter, it's one of the better tutorials on the matter. I don't particularly love the organization of the book, and I really wish there were a bit more on each poet - more than the years they lived. My favorite part of the book are the guiding questions. Very helpful as you try to breakdown and understand a poem. The most offensive thing to me was the little dissertation on how a poem is determined to be 'great.' There is an insulting little concept of 'qualified reader' and a dubious little math problem on 'perfection' and 'scope' - old school to say the least.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dini

    This was the poetry bible for first-year students in my English major. Very useful, especially for those who need guidance in understanding poetry, like me for instance ;P Those questions at the end of each poem, I can't tell you how much that helped me form some semblance of interpretation. I just found my copy of this book (actually it's my sister's copy, I used her old books for class) among other books that I forgot I still have, so I guess it would be useful whenever I feel the need for som This was the poetry bible for first-year students in my English major. Very useful, especially for those who need guidance in understanding poetry, like me for instance ;P Those questions at the end of each poem, I can't tell you how much that helped me form some semblance of interpretation. I just found my copy of this book (actually it's my sister's copy, I used her old books for class) among other books that I forgot I still have, so I guess it would be useful whenever I feel the need for some poetic spirit. I bet my college friends would want to comment on this. Go on guys... :D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The ultimate user's manual for reading poetry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tamsin Barlow

    It is good every once in a while to read a text book, to stretch yourself beyond your usual comfortable limits, to give yourself homework. And, among all the books you are reading, to have a book of poetry to pop into now and then-- just to wake you from your drowsy comfort.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Xenophon Hendrix

    This book is suitable for self-teaching for those who want to learn more about poetry.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Randy Cauthen

    How did this get to be the standard text? The dude's taste is dubious, his ear is dubious, and he's not a poet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tama

    This introduction to poetry is standard. Basic elements from pattern, to figurative language, imagery, allusions, rhythms, tones are all discussed simply and cogently with classic examples. section two is an anthology from yeats and wordsworth to wallace stevens, dylan thomas and all the "biggies" wonderful to re-read this initial serious poetry text. Originally started off as basic first year college... but extremely applicable to the middle and high schooler. a must for any serious poet or teacher This introduction to poetry is standard. Basic elements from pattern, to figurative language, imagery, allusions, rhythms, tones are all discussed simply and cogently with classic examples. section two is an anthology from yeats and wordsworth to wallace stevens, dylan thomas and all the "biggies" wonderful to re-read this initial serious poetry text. Originally started off as basic first year college... but extremely applicable to the middle and high schooler. a must for any serious poet or teacher's reference library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    My high school literature poetry textbook, used by the teacher who taught me to love poetry. I love the selections in here, and the way that it taught me to understand meter and form to appreciate the skill of a poet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    l.e.

    by far my favorite 'textbook', if you can call it that, from high school.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Izzy

    dead poet’s society !!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yossi Pinhas

    might help if you are not a fan of poetry in general--very good collection. might also be some kind of guidelight to reading poetry, but strict, inflexible and patronising in its sense of dictating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Old friend or nemesis. A paperback of this sixth edition was the textbook in my first intro to poetry class. Or maybe it was one of the texts in an English 101 class? Flashbacks reading this now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zetykarangastu10gmail.Com

    This book make me interesting, i would like to read more deeper

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charles Albert

    Truly excellent survey of English poetry.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sasha (bahareads)

    Note: required reading I hate the break down of poetry.. This was an alright book, a little long with reading all the poems at the end of each chapter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lief

    This is a very good book for teaching the elements of poetry and how to explicate poems. I only have two complaints about the book--at times I think the authors could have gone into a little more detail in their definitions before presenting poems to look at, and they don't entirely understand sarcasm as they feel its only purpose is to tear down in one way or another. Otherwise, it is organized in such a way that it focuses the reader on the important issues of poems first (i.e. meaning) and on This is a very good book for teaching the elements of poetry and how to explicate poems. I only have two complaints about the book--at times I think the authors could have gone into a little more detail in their definitions before presenting poems to look at, and they don't entirely understand sarcasm as they feel its only purpose is to tear down in one way or another. Otherwise, it is organized in such a way that it focuses the reader on the important issues of poems first (i.e. meaning) and only goes into issues like scansion (meter/rhyme) after meanings, symbolism and the like are discussed in detail. A must for anyone interested in really diving into and understanding poetry.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Sound and Sense is a classic introductory to poetry that many of you might have encountered in high school or college. I recently found my copy from high school and was reviewing it just to refresh my knowledge of poetry terms. Although books like this can often drain the joy out of reading poetry, the commentary is pretty interesting and insightful. Aside from the educational aspect of the work, the collection of poems in the book is sensational. While I don't know that I'd go pay $85 for the n Sound and Sense is a classic introductory to poetry that many of you might have encountered in high school or college. I recently found my copy from high school and was reviewing it just to refresh my knowledge of poetry terms. Although books like this can often drain the joy out of reading poetry, the commentary is pretty interesting and insightful. Aside from the educational aspect of the work, the collection of poems in the book is sensational. While I don't know that I'd go pay $85 for the new edition, a few dollars for an older paperback edition would be well worth the price!

  20. 5 out of 5

    J. Alfred

    Despite some questionable New-Critical bias, this is nevertheless the most informative book on the theory of poetry I've ever read. It comes with an interesting selection of poems, divides nicely into chapters and is downright helpful with definitions, and has come the closest of anything (teachers included) I've ever come across to helping me understand versification and scansion-- not just the terminology involved, that is, but as a tool for helping one understand and appreciate poems. I recom Despite some questionable New-Critical bias, this is nevertheless the most informative book on the theory of poetry I've ever read. It comes with an interesting selection of poems, divides nicely into chapters and is downright helpful with definitions, and has come the closest of anything (teachers included) I've ever come across to helping me understand versification and scansion-- not just the terminology involved, that is, but as a tool for helping one understand and appreciate poems. I recommend it wholeheartedly!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie Dunn

    *3.7 Yes, it's didactic. Yes, the explanations are ridiculously pretentious. Yes, it should include more Eliot. But on the whole, a very worthy collection of poetry. I'd personally drop some and add some others. The explanations can be lengthy but it truly has some interesting [again, so pretentious but also interesting] things to say about poetry. It's a hard subject for a textbook, I think. And as far as textbooks go, I nearly enjoyed reading it all. I say well done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    W.B.

    How many versions of this exist? I'm guessing tons. God, I cut my teeth on anthologies like this...back in the day when they would put rock lyrics in here by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to try to add "hip interest." Not trying to be elitist, but some of it was really laughingly bad....and the one by Xavier Kennedy...that was just one cut above this lowly bottomfeeder anthology....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hunsaker

    Ok, I admit it... I'm a poetry nerd. This is a collection of poems that I read in my AP English class, and I now own a copy. I LOVE it. Classics from Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, etc. It's nice to have a collection of so many different poets around when I feel like being deep and analytical.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Read this for AP English. Highly informative, with some great poems - my favorites are "Pathedy of Manners" and "Music Lessons." However, the language was openly worshipful of poetry. Perhaps only to be expected, considering that the book is an introduction to poetry, but the gushing fondness was rather unhappy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leo

    If you are looking for a straight-forward, no-nonsense, honest and real "introduction to poetry"...this is the book for you. It is excellent in every way. Every chapter progresses naturally from the next. The poetry used is top-notch, perfectly complimenting each "lesson". It is a pleasure to read, an educational joy, and a beautiful doorway into the world of poetry.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renuka

    A really nice collection of poems, neatly grouped to guide the reader/student. Really helpful for a poetry novice. But, a little dull, and occasionally, a little overwhelming with the sheer number of poems it offers. Also, it's a little traditionalist, sometimes focusing on a very narrow interpretation of the poem, but again, it serves as a nice introduction to the poetry world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fachrina

    Read this book as the textbook for my Poetry class. Extremely useful and easily understandable for people who find poetry difficult (and intimidating.) The book also provides questions that help you to understand and analyse the poems, along with some background information about the poems and poets.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Soheil

    Lovely book with a great compilation of work by the masters and a few unknowns. A touch too judgmental by modern standards,so new readers of poetry need to take its advice with more than a little pinch of salt:)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Conroy

    This anthology/introduction to poetry is quite rigorous. I read it in high school and got quite a lot out of it. I would normally give it five stars.... ....but the high school teacher who assigned it was a jerk. Therefore, I'm going to give it one star.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abrahamus

    A fabulous guide to the appreciation of poetry in general, and a wonderful companion to and commentary on some of the best poetry and poets in the English language—both old and new, lofty and whimsical. A delightful and invaluable literary companion and reference.

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