Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder

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Read Why Poetry Online Free - An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder

In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with it.   

Zapruder explores what poems are, and how we can read them, so that we can, as Whitman wrote, “possess the origin of all poems,” without the aid of any teacher or expert. Most important, he asks how reading poetry can help us to lead our lives with greater meaning and purpose. 

Anchored in poetic analysis and steered through Zapruder’s personal experience of coming to the form, Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While he provides a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminates concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone.

Title : Why Poetry
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ISBN : 0062343092
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Ken rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

Defining poetry is a thankless job, but Matthew Zapruder, given 226 pages, pulls it off with aplomb. Leavened throughout are example poems and his own thoughts on them, as well as a little bit of memoirish recollection of his experiences as a poet, a student of poetry, and a teacher of poetry. Yo...

Ally rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

Recently, collections like Patricia Lockwood's MOTHERLAND FATHERLAND HOMELANDSEXUALS, Juan Felipe Herrera's NOTES ON THE ASSEMBLAGE, SPRING AND ALL by William Carlos Williams, THE AFTER PARTY by Jana Prikryl, and Najwan Darwish's NOTHING MORE TO LOSE have challenged my poetry-reading skills. They...

Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★☆☆

October 16, 2017

If you have to ask this question, you probably aren't interested in reading this book. And if you are simply curious as to the answer to this question, you might be able to write a better book.

Frank rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

I liked this book in a lot of ways -- a couple are the author's story of how he found poetry and it became essential to his life -- and the author's "defense" of poetry. The chapter he explicated some famous poems is also very engaging and beautifully and thoughtfully done. A lot of it is complet...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

September 16, 2017

There were a hundred bright spots in this eloquent book: beautiful, essential quotes about poetry from the greatest poets themselves. These were a shortcut straight to the heart of poetry. There were other bright spots of Zapruder's own clear explanations of the mysterious power of poetry. It's j...

Jsavett1 rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

Matthew Zapruder's book of poetry Come On All You Ghosts is one of my favorites. His work is associative, surreal, fun, smart, blue. This book is amazing. As an English teacher and poet, it spoke to me on many levels. I plan on using excerpts for my AP Literature class this Fall. Zapruder artfully...

Scott rated it ★★★☆☆

September 30, 2017

This book is thoughtful, pleasant, but probably redundant and unnecessary... Or maybe I've lately read too many books ABOUT poetry rather than OF poetry?

Greg rated it ★★★★★

September 16, 2017

Poetry has always been something both vexing and irresistibly intriguing. Multiple times over the last few years I have tried to read it, tried to find what was hidden in the staggered and broken lines of Whitman and Kaur, but I never felt like I “got” it; they were ostensibly too dense and too c...

Joyful Grapes rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

Zapruder captures the possibility of poetry wonderfully in this "case" for poetry. His love for language is infectious. I found his examination of the "poetic state of mind" to be invigorating, as this always has been how I thought about poetry––in terms of it's effect on mind and body when writi...

Ulf rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

Anyone who promises to demystify, “The experience of getting close to the unsayable and feeling it, and how we are brought to that place beyond words by words themselves,” deserves a hearing, wouldn’t you say? Well, that is precisely what Zapruder promises in his Introduction, so who am I to turn...

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