Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns

Structure Surprise Engaging Poetic Turns Structure Surprise Engaging Poetic Turns offers a road map for analyzing poetry through examination of poems structure rather than their forms or genres Michael Theune s breakthrough concept encourag

  • Title: Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns
  • Author: Michael Theune
  • ISBN: 9780915924271
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Structure Surprise Engaging Poetic Turns offers a road map for analyzing poetry through examination of poems structure, rather than their forms or genres Michael Theune s breakthrough concept encourages students, teachers, and writers to use structure as a tool to see the fundamental affinities between strikingly different kinds of poetry and radically different lStructure Surprise Engaging Poetic Turns offers a road map for analyzing poetry through examination of poems structure, rather than their forms or genres Michael Theune s breakthrough concept encourages students, teachers, and writers to use structure as a tool to see the fundamental affinities between strikingly different kinds of poetry and radically different literary eras The book includes examination of the mid course turn and the elegy, as well as the ironic, concessional, emblem, and retrospective prospective structures, among others In addition, 14 contemporary poets provide an example of and commentary on their own work.

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    One Reply to “Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns”

    1. One of the most essential books on poetic craft I've read. It's a book I've always WANTED but never knew was out there. Unlike other great craft writers like Tony Hoagland, Kim Addonizio, Robert Pinsky, and Richard Hugo among others, Theune's book isn't exactly inspirational (although the exercises in the back are quite good). But in the end, it inspires in a different way. Rather than driving imaginative content, Theune familiarizes the reader with the various structures so many poems take. As [...]

    2. This is a worthwhile, informative book for anyone who is interested in the craft of poetry. There are ample (sometimes too many) examples of each "structure" presented. This book is an excellent introduction to how poems "mean", to quote Ciardi. Some structures, such as the "emblem" and "descriptive-meditative" seem quite similar, but the careful separation of techniques has been of immense help to my own investigation of the poetic turn.

    3. Theune has done a remarkable job of discussing the value of poetic structure. The book is composed of nine chapters written by poets, each one examining a different structure. Each chapter starts with a thorough definition of the particular structure, some historical context, and then dissection of several poems that utilize that structure. One of the strong points of the book is that both classic and contemporary poems are discussed in relation to the structure used.My favorite section of the b [...]

    4. Fabulous essays on the rhetoric of particular narrative styles, with the overall raison d'être of the anthology a series of stylistic proofs asserting that poetry best succeeds when surprises its reader, proffers more interesting rhetorical strategies and unexpected turns. The example poems are awesome.

    5. Anyone engaged in the art of explaination or understanding what is loosely defined by those outside of poetry as "difficult" poetry. Excellent for teachers on intro or intermediate poetry courses and those who love to read and be engaged by well-crafted essays on poetry.

    6. There was little surprise in this book about poetic structure, and although I can imagine it being a great undergraduate book on thinking about rhetorical and organization structures when writing poems, I had hoped for something a little more fulfilling.

    7. interesting collection of essays about the "turn" a poem takes and how that informs the general structure of the piece. Each essay is written by a poet/scholar who defines a particular structure and provides semi-helpful poetic examples.

    8. Nice collection of essays about poetic strategies (the use of irony, emblems, elegy, etc.) that work across poetic formats and eras. With a wide range of poems reprinted as examples.

    9. Pretty interesting, but I would have appreciated if more classical poems were included in the examples. Modern American poetry is too often pure prose.

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