Review: A Poet's Glossary

Title: A Poet's Glossary
Author: Edward Hirsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 8, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9780151011957
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
A major addition to the literature of poetry, Edward Hirsch’s sparkling new work is a compilation of forms, devices, groups, movements, isms, aesthetics, rhetorical terms, and folklore—a book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of poetry will return to over and over.

Hirsch has delved deeply into the poetic traditions of the world, returning with an inclusive, international compendium. Moving gracefully from the bards of ancient Greece to the revolutionaries of Latin America, from small formal elements to large mysteries, he provides thoughtful definitions for the most important poetic vocabulary, imbuing his work with a lifetime of scholarship and the warmth of a man devoted to his art.

Knowing how a poem works is essential to unlocking its meaning. Hirsch’s entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter. Shot through with the enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made How to Read a Poem so beloved, A Poet’s Glossary is a new classic.

My thoughts:
I picked up this book because I know little of poetry. I remember bits and pieces from my literature classes, but nothing that could really help me learn more about it. I believe this book is to go hand in hand with Hirsch's book How to Read a Poem. Alas I have not read that book either, though I ordered it from Amazon and never received it. 

I did find this book extremely helpful. I think it would make a great reference book for students, poets, or laymen like me. It's probably not a complete glossary even though it has over 700 pages of definitions and examples. I love the laid-back way Hirsch explains things. It's not over the top or too wordy. He really does make it easy for the average person to understand. 

Even though I not an expert, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about poetry. I don't think you'll be disappointed. 

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