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An Introduction to English Poetry
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A basic introduction to English poetry since Chaucer - its main themes, genres and so on - for students and general readers alike, by a respected poet and former professor of poetry at Oxford. The book is based on a series of columns that Fenton wrote for the "Independent on Sunday", a sister column to David Lodge's series on English fiction which formed the basis of Lodge's book "The Art of Fiction".
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The history and scope of English poetry; where music and poetry divide; the training of the poet; the sense of form; the iambic pentameter; variations in the line; patterns of stress; mysteries of the trochee; the genius of the trochee; the shorter lines; the iambic tetrameter; the longer lines; the shorter stanza; the longer stanza; the sonnet; minor forms; rhyme; syllabics; free verse; writing for the eye; poetic drama and opera.

About the Author

Until recently James Fenton was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. A former political journalist (he was south-east Asia correspondent for the Independent), he also served as drama critic for the Sunday Times for seven years, and writes regularly on artfor the New Yorker. He has published four books of poems in Penguin. He lives outside Oxford and in London.

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'It is hard to imagine a beginner who could not learn from [this book]. If you know a young poet, give them this' The Times Literary Supplement

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