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An Introduction to Poetry


The tenth edition of An Introduction to Poetry, edited by Dana Gioia and X.J. Kennedy (Longman, 2002), is designed to help readers develop sensitivity to language, culture, and identity to lead them beyond the boundries of their own selves and see the world through the eyes of others. This book is built on the assumption that great poetry can enrich and enlarge the lives it touches. The new edition features:

  • Great poems old and new–501 poems mixing classic favorites with exciting contemporary works.
  • Casebooks—New casebooks present in-depth selections of work by major poets as well as critical articles and other material.
  • Complete Writing Coverage—Writing material has be integrated into every chapter with exercises, sample papers, and pragmatic advice—as well as three complete chapters on writing.
  • Critical Coverage—31 critical excerpts including a comprehensive survey of ten major schools of literary criticism and theory.
  • Real Student Writing—6 student essays and reports to provide credible examples on how to write about poetry.



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