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By Eavan Boland (Editor), Mark Strand (Editor)
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"Probably my favorite collection of poetry because it illustrates how form shapes content or how content seeks out certain forms. It’s organized by poetic form, if that wasn’t clear, and then gives several examples through history (yes, I know, capital W Western, Anglo-, but still)."

— From Philipp


Two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that "looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form": a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form (sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, among others) would enhance their appreciation of poetry. Tracing "the exuberant history of forms," they devote one chapter to each form, offering explanation, close reading, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393321784
ISBN-10: 0393321789
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 17th, 2001
Pages: 366
Language: English
Series: Norton Anthology