Thematic Guide to British Poetry
Thematic Guide to British Poetry
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Annotation: This thematic guide offers interpretations of 415 poems, representing the work of over 110 poets spanning seven centuries of British poetry.
Catalog Number: #3808384
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2002
Pages: xii, 303 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-313-31379-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-313-31379-0
Dewey: 821.009
LCCN: 2002023252
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Well-organized, easy-to-navigate, authoritative volumes. Each book discusses more than 20 themes including "Life and Death," "Obligations and Choices," "War," "Duty," "Marriage," and "Nature." These topics are explored in detail in lengthy essays with references to specific poems. Historical context and biographical sketches offer insight into the poets' lives as well as the time periods in which they lived. Works included range from the 1700s to the present and, depending on the scope of the book, include authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Maya Angelou, Edgar Allan Poe, William Wordsworth, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Philip Larkin. The selections are discussed in chronological order so that, according to Glancy, "-readers can trace the development and decline of interest in themes over the centuries." Works are referenced at the end of each chapter. Author, title, and subject indexes make access easy. Also included in each volume is a list of anthologies in which the referenced poems can be found. Because of the length of some chapters, the complex discussions of some subjects, and the many literary references, these titles would be most useful to advanced students and their teachers.-Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Wilson's High School Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 293) and index.
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 9+

This thematic guide offers interpretations of 415 poems, representing the work of over 110 poets spanning seven centuries of British poetry. Educators teaching thematic units will find relevant essays appropriate for background presentation, discussion ideas, or student assignments. This book is clearly organized for easy access to information, whatever the users' individual purposes. The main section of the guide contains narrative essays on 29 alphabetically arranged themes that recur throughout the history of British poetry. Explications of individual poems are arranged chronologically to trace the evolution of a particular theme over time. Following each entry, the poems are listed with information about the anthologies where the works can be found. Additional suggested readings make this the perfect resource for research and classroom use, and as an indispensable tool for librarians assisting readers to identify poets, access their works, and better understand the thematic meanings of poetry.

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