The Poet's Dictionary: A Handbook of Prosody and Poetic Devices

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This handbook defines the tools, terms, and techniques of poetry. Arranged alphabetically from "accent" to "zeugma," The Poets Dictionary is clear, superb, and complete.

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William Packard is founder and editor of the New York Quarterly. He has been a professor of poetry at New York University for over twenty years and is a poet, screenwriter and playwright as well. He lives in New York City.

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Packard's experience as editor of The New York Quarterly and as a professor of poetry is evident in his work. This handbook is for the practicing writer, offering "brief and accurate definitions . . . together with a larger overview." Whatdistinguishes it from such established predecessors as Babette Deutsch's Poetry Handbook (1974) and the Princeton Handbook of Poetic Terms (Princeton Univ. Pr., 1986), derived from the larger Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (1974, rev. ed.), is the extensive selection of examples, from ancient Greek to contemporary work. It is also aimed less at the descriptive scholar and more at the working poet. Included is a brief appendix on manuscript submission. Poets, readers, and teachers of poetry will enjoy it.
- Stephen H. Cape, Indiana Univ. Lib., Bloomington
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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