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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mary | 12/23/2011

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

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