The Nature of Poetry Author:Donald A. Stauffer Few people have been brave enough to define poetry. Like life, it defies description. Without attempting precise definition, therefore, this book undertakes to explain the nature of poetry by viewing it from many points of vantage. No one law of poetry reveals all its secrets, but taken together the qualities of poetry described in these chapter... more »s are found as constant in all poetry.
This book, like all books about poetry, cannot serve as a substitute for poetry itself. The positive service it renders is to turn more readers directly back to actual poems and to help them read or reread poems with more awareness, more sympathy, and more pleasure.« less