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The Poetry Handbook


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Introduction 1: Metre 2: Form 3: Layout 4: Punctuation 5: Lineation 6: Rhyme 7: Diction 8: Syntax 9: History 10: Biography 11: Gender 12: Exams Glossary and Index of Technical Terms Index of Poems and Poets Quoted and Cited Select Bibliography and Further Reading

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John Lennard has taught at the universities of London and Cambridge, and for the Open University. He has published three books: But I Digress (1991), the best-selling Poetry Handbook (1996) and The Drama Handbook (2002). He is presently Dean of the Shakespeare Programme at the British-American Drama Academy in London; on the Global Virtual Faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University; and teaches for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


Lennard succeeds in being as exhaustive as he can possibly be... Caroline Bertoneche, Universite de Provence Very readable... gives and excellent overview of poetry in English and will explain rhythm, metre and style. The Observer, February 2006

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