HOW TO READ POETRY LIKE A PROFESSOR
A Quippy and Sonorous Guide to Verse
By Thomas C. Foster. The author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and How to Read Novels Like a Professor uses his trademark wit, clarity, and insight to guide readers to a deeper appreciation of verse. From classic poets such as Shakespeare and Coleridge to 20th-century notables such as Cummings, Heaney, and even the Beatles, Foster analyzes a wide array of poems and teaches how to enjoy the experience of reading them. Topics include how to uncover a poem’s primary and secondary meanings; how to understand technical elements such as meter, diction, rhyme, line structures, length, order, and regularity (and how to learn to see these elements as allies rather than adversaries); how to hear the music in poems-and the poetry in songs; and more. Grades 9 and up. Index. Harper Perennial. 212 pages. ©2018.