Mastering Poetry is a practical book with wide-ranging examples, detailed commentaries and frameworks for analysis. Whether you are studying or reading poetry for pleasure, it will help you to move beyond your first response to an analytical understanding of the relationship between content, language, structure and style.
SARA THORNE is an experienced English teacher who has worked in a range of contexts. A former Joint Chief Examiner for AS/A-Level English Language and Literature, she now works as a writer and educational consultant, producing materials for classroom use and working with teachers to encourage active and stimulating approaches to teaching grammar. She is the author of the best-selling Mastering Advanced English Language.
PART 1: APPROACHES TO POETRY.- Introduction.- What is Poetry?.- Distinctive Features of Poetry.- Poetic Form.- Style.- Literary and Rhetorical Devices.- How to Read a Poem.- PART 2: KEY POETS.- English Poets and the English Poetic Tradition.- The Beginnings of the English Poetic Tradition.- Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400).- Poetry of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.- Poetry of the Eighteenth Century.- Poetry of the Nineteenth Century.- The Twentieth Century.- Into the Twenty-First Century.- Bibliography.- Index.