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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Parini Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Poetry doesn't matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords. Poetry indeed matters.

A gifted poet and acclaimed teacher, Parini begins by looking at defenses of poetry written over the centuries. He ponders Aristotle, Horace, and Longinus, and moves on through Sidney, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Parini examines the importance of poetic voice and the mysteries of metaphor. He argues that a poet's originality depends on a deep understanding of the traditions of political poetry, nature poetry, and religious poetry.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 8/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this up to Chapters 8 and 9. I'm just not the spiritual type. Will add more of a review later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/3/2012

    " OK. Good section on T S Eliots Quartets in the last chapter.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/5/2012

    " I suppose I should already know why poetry matters, but these days I really kinda don't. At any rate, I'm always a sucker for this discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/23/2011

    " With quiet elegance, Parini convinces us that poetry offers a crucial window into the celebration and understanding of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 11/28/2011

    " This conversational yet learned book affirms the many values of reading poetry which accrue to both individuals and society. I could quibble with some of the statements, but overall, I'm in the same camp. I first read the book many months ago; this encounter is my second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 8/29/2010

    " This conversational yet learned book affirms the many values of reading poetry which accrue to both individuals and society. I could quibble with some of the statements, but overall, I'm in the same camp. I first read the book many months ago; this encounter is my second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/18/2009

    " OK. Good section on T S Eliots Quartets in the last chapter.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/27/2009

    " With quiet elegance, Parini convinces us that poetry offers a crucial window into the celebration and understanding of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/20/2008

    " I suppose I should already know why poetry matters, but these days I really kinda don't. At any rate, I'm always a sucker for this discussion. "

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About the Author

Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. His six novels also include Benjamin’s Crossing and The Apprentice Lover. His volumes of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. In addition to biographies of Gore Vidal, John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner, he has written a volume of essays on literature and politics, as well as The Art of Teaching. He edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and writes regularly for the Guardian and other publications.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.