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The Sounds of Poetry

A Brief Guide

Robert Pinsky

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A critic, author, translator, and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Pinsky is one of America's most active advocates for the art, craft, and ongoing tradition of poetry. In this book, writing plainly and specifically—that is, for general readers as well as for poets and students of all levels—he explains in detail how the various sounds of poetry embody the work of art that is "performed" in us when we read it aloud.

The Sounds of Poetry devotes clear, erudite, and informative chapters to the sonic (or "technological") elements of verse itself: accent and duration, syntax and line, rhythm and diction, like and unlike sounds, and blank verse and free verse. Pinsky illustrates these with examples from the work of some fifty English-speaking poets—from Shakespeare, Milton, and Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Glock, C. K. Williams, and Frank Bidart.

As one reviewer noted in The Atlantic Monthly, this guide is an "authoritative yet accessible introduction to the tools of the poet's trade [that] can be read with profit by the serious student and the amateur alike."

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"A keenly idiosyncratic account of the place of poetry in our time . . . not only interesting but suspenseful to read." -- James Longenbach, The Nation
 
"One of the marvelous things about this book is Pinsky's deep recognition that a poem is successful not because of the poet's ambition or sense of purpose but because of the effect it creates in the reader, and in many readers over time"--Graham Christian, Boston Phoenix

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  • Robert Pinsky

  • Robert Pinsky is Poet Laureate of the United States. FSG published The Inferno of Dante in 1994 and The Figured Wheel in 1996. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and lives in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.
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The Sounds of Poetry

A Brief Guide

Robert Pinsky

National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee

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