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The Act of Poetry: A Practical Introduction to the Reading of Poems
The Act of Poetry A Practical Introduction to the Reading of Poems Author:Christopher Collins From Chapter One: — We get nothing out of poetry--it is poetry that gets something out of us. To put it most simply, the words of a poem make us remember, in a precise way, what we already know.... — Reading a poem is indeed like making a voyage. But it is not a vicarious, safe little tour through the outer world. It is a penetrating, sometimes pe... more »rilous, trip within one's self. There is nothing new about this notion. Socrates said that it was his personal mission to know himself and to teach others to do the same.« less
Very helpful. Chapters include The Sense of Sight, The Sense of Sound, The Sense of Motion, The Sense of Balance, The Sense of Language, and The Reader as Artist. Uses many poems as examples and discusses how and why they work.