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The Resource List of the Week – Poetry

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Poetry. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.

What is Poetry?

According to Young Writers, Poetry can be defined as

“a form of written word that has pattern and rhythm and rhyme”

To better understand the topic, we recommend you read the following titles and resources.

1. English Language, Literature and Creative Writing- Dobbs, S., Jessop, V., and Campbell-Hall, D.

English Language, Literature and Creative Writing- Dobbs, S.,Jessop, V.,and Campbell-Hall, D.

This title is a practical, easy-to-read guide that aims to help students cope with the demands of English and Creative Writing degrees. Furthermore, it is written by lecturers and industry professionals with decades of experience in professional writing and higher education. This book also includes hints and tips from previous students.

2. Selected Poems, Odes and Fragments –  Sophocles and Gibbons, R.

Selected Poems, Odes and Fragments -  Sophocles and Gibbons, Reginald

This is the first English-written book which presents Sophocles as a poet and reveals all of his work. Firstly, it has a fresh and consistent attention to structure, language, and rhythm, when reciting Sophocles’ writings. Secondly, the author translated a selection of Sophocles’ surviving plays, as well as fragments from his lost works. Finally, what emerges is a genuine new sense who Sophocles was and bringing him and his world to life.

3. The Complete Poems of Shakespeare – Shrank, C. and Lyne, R.

The Complete Poems of Shakespeare

Although best known for his plays, William Shakespeare was also a poet who achieved extraordinary depth and variety with only a few pieces of work. This book provides detailed notes on his poetry, as well as commentary and appendices resulting in an academically thorough and equally accessible edition to Shakespeare’s poetry. Furthermore, it presents his non-dramatic poems in the chronological order of their print publication.

4. Selected Poem, Yeats – Webb, T.

Selected Poem, Yeats - Webb, Timothy

This title presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats’ work. Firstly, it encompasses the poet’s interest in Irish folklore and national identity as well as his engagement with the political situation of his day and the rich symbolism which influenced his work. Secondly, the book contains some of his best-known pieces, including the elegiac Easter 1916, the apocalyptic The Second Coming and the reflective Sailing to Byzantium. Yeats’ works outlined by this volume are radical in content but written in a traditional form which can inspire the reader.

5. Selected Poems, Updike – Updike, J.

Selected Poems, Updike - Updike, John

This book is an autobiographical collection of poetry from John Updike, one of the most celebrated American writers of the twentieth century. This collection of poems from across his career displays his extraordinary range in form and subject: from metaphysical epigrams, and lyrical odes to blank-verse sonnets. These poems are intelligent and inventive, exploring art, science, popular culture, foreign travel, erotic love, growth, decay and rebirth. Collected in chronological order, this book is perfect for any fan of poetry and literature.

6. Poetry Foundation

This is a website for an American foundation which was created to promote poetry in the wider culture. Created by Poetry Magazine, this website offers a wide range of poems, readings and poetry news.

7. GoodReads – Poetry 

This is a “social cataloguing” website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogues and reading lists. Also, they can access suggested book lists to discover different subjects, including poetry.

8. Poetry in literature and creative writing  

This document has been published by the University of Essex and is a resource for teaching A-level English. It outlines different subjects which range from free verse and formal verse to image and metaphor to density and compactness.

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