De/compositions

De/compositions

101 Good Poems Gone Wrong

Book - 2001
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McMillan Palgrave

This original, illuminating, and sometimes quite funny poetry anthology is primarily concerned with a fundamental and familiar question: How can we tell good poetry from bad? To illustrate precisely why these 101 poems, many of them well-loved classics, are so accomplished and remarkable, the prize-winning poet, author, critic, and veteran teacher Snodgrass herein rewrites them—wrongly. De/Compositions tellingly presents these rewrites next to the originals—by poets ranging from William Shakespeare to William Stafford—and thus we can more fully appreciate the artistry of these astonishing poems word by word, line by line, stanza by stanza. This book will appeal to anyone studying the craft and/or creativity that good poems demand.



Blackwell North Amer
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass redefines poetry criticism by illustrating how the poems we love could have been written differently or worse or badly. Snodgrass actually rewrites poems by authors ranging from Elizabeth Bishop to Shakespeare, and displays the reworked version side-by-side with the original, so one can appreciate the subtle shifts that occur - word by word, line by line, stanza by stanza - and gain a better understanding of the merits of the original work.

Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2001
ISBN: 9781555973179
1555973175
Branch Call Number: 811.54 SNO
Characteristics: xx, 285 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Decompositions
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