xvi, 144 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-130) and index.
Introduction -- 1. Truths universally acknowledged -- 2. Poetry's areas of authority and application -- 3. The language of poetry and its particular devices -- 4. The kinds of poetry and their contexts -- 5. Poets and readers -- Conclusion.
Poetry, arguably, has a greater range of conceptual meaning than perhaps any other term in English. At the most basic level everyone can recognise it-it is a kind of literature that uses special linguistic devices of organization and expression for aesthetic effect. However, far grander claims have been made for poetry than this-such as Shelley's that the poets 'are the unacknowledged legislators of the world', and that poetry is 'a higher truth'. In this Very Short Introduction, Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called 'poetry'-from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility?
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