Don't Read Poetry: A Book about How to Read Poems

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"At once erudite and colloquial" (New Yorker), this book provides an accessible introduction to the joys and challenges of poetry

In Don't Read Poetry, poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another--and how they can speak to our lives. She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter. She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about "poetry," whether we think we like it or think we don't, in order to help us cherish--and distinguish among--individual poems.

A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don't Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingénues and cognoscenti alike.

Author: Stephanie Burt
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 05/09/2023
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.6lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781541603615

About the Author
Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard University, and the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim fellowship for poetry. Her work appears regularly in the New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, London Review of Books, and other journals. She has authored fourteen books of poetry and literary criticism, including Advice from the Lights and The Poem Is You. She lives in Massachusetts.