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Poet's Choice

Edward Hirsch.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780151013562
Pages/Publication Date 432/2006
Daedalus Item Code 30011
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The creator of the "Poet's Choice" feature in the Washington Post Book World and author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry, Edward Hirsch here presents the best entries (some of which have been revised and expanded) from the first four years of his highly popular column. In essence, his book forms a mini-course in world poetry, including the work of more than 130 poets from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas since ancient times, and demonstrates how poetry responds to the challenges of our modern world.

"Hirsch celebrates poetry as a 'human fundamental' in his incantatory introduction to this brimming collection of 130 masterfully distilled essays.... As in his cherished best-seller, How to Read a Poem, Hirsch, a natural-born teacher as well as a poet, shares his extraordinary erudition and love for poetry with lucidity and intensity, empathically summarizing the lives of poets past and present, and offering poems to readers as though they are food or benedictions, gossip or prescriptions."—Booklist (starred review)

"The 20th-century giants—Yeats, Rilke and Neruda, who served as touchstones in How to Read a Poem—appear alongside such contemporary Americans as Robert Bly, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder and Dorothea Tanning, and newcomers from Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and Asia.... Taking over the column early in 2002, Hirsch writes, he felt the burden of discussing poetry in the cultural climate of post-9/11 America. Old themes of grief and loss gain new weight as Hirsch discusses Wallace Stevens's and Mark Strand's approaches and Tom Sleigh's oblique refashioning of Greek and Sumerian verse in 'New York American Spell, 2001.' Eclectic and idiosyncratic, Hirsch's choices are unified by astute excerpting and keen commentary."—Publishers Weekly

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