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...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

Like Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry, this aims to refute the widespread belief that poetry is difficult and based on a hidden meaning that must be unearthed. Instead, Zapruder argues, it’s about the reader making their own connections in a sort of dreamlike state, such that the rhyming might n...

Ellie rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2017

I loved this book so much I put it down for a week six pages before the end so that I wouldn't have to be finished with it! Zapruder's work is beautifully written, enjoyable just for the pleasure of its prose, but it also is a helpful guide to enjoying poetry. Also, it is a powerful pitch for the...

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...

Julie rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

Why Poetry is the book I'd been hoping Poetry Will Save Your Life would be. The more poetry I read, the more curious I get about how it works, and I'm happy to say this book provided some answers. Among the many interesting points Zapruder makes, he maintains that the most crucial thing about poe...

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...

Kenny rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2017

I love the "Poetry for the People" attitude and the argument that the only reason people shy away from poetry is because it is being taught completely wrong. Zapruder goes through chapter after chapter explaining this - the meanings, the reason, the metaphors, the reality of poetry and does it si...

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