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How Poems Think

Gibbons, Reginald

Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 022627800X / ISBN 13: 9780226278001
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Title: How Poems Think

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Num Pages: 208 pages. BIC Classification: DSC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 216 x 139 x 16. Weight in Grams: 298. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780226278001

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Synopsis: Reginald Gibbons collects here a lifetime?s worth of thoughts on composing and translating poetry. Not a manifesto or a general theory of the lyric, rather, the book explores how a poem thinks: that is, what results from the circumstances of a poet?s native language, choice of words and topics, the mentality that the poet shares with other writers, and the range of poetic possibilities (and limitations) in a given language. Through exemplary case studies taken from his own experience in writing poetry, as well as in translating poetry from languages ranging from Sophocles?s and Pindar?s ancient Greek to their contemporary French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish successors, Gibbons traces the curious persistence of classical modes and images into the twenty-first century. He shows how the very language used in composing a poem, be it ancient Greek, Renaissance English, or contemporary Russian, both limits and enables how a poet thinks and what the poet can say. Even in describing difficult poetic concepts and operations, Gibbons writes in a clear, companionable style, entirely accessible not just to practicing poets, but also to general readers interested in poetry, and to writers of various stripes interested in the way our native language can often circumscribe what and how we think poetically, and affect how we compose poetry and prose. This book joins other titles by this award-winning writer on the Press?s list.

Product Description: To write or read a poem is often to think in distinctively poetic ways?guided by metaphors, sound, rhythms, associative movement, and more. Poetry?s stance toward language creates a particular intelligence of thought and feeling, a compressed articulation that expands inner experience, imagining with words what cannot always be imagined without them. Through translation, poetry has diversified poetic traditions, and some of poetry?s ways of thinking begin in the ancient world and remain potent even now. In How Poems Think, Reginald Gibbons presents a rich gallery of poetic inventiveness and continuity drawn from a wide range of poets?Sappho, Pindar, Shakespeare, Keats, William Carlos Williams, Marina Tsvetaeva, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Gibbons explores poetic temperament, rhyme, metonymy, etymology, and other elements of poetry as modes of thinking and feeling. In celebration and homage, Gibbons attunes us to the possibilities of poetic thinking.

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