This book was compiled and edited by David Holmes, during half-a-lifetime of teaching Poetry and Poetics, first, at The University of Maryland, Munich Campus, and, later, at Chulalongkorn University , Faculty of Arts, explaining how poetry arises, where its traditions come from, and how English poetry eventually developed, as an independent body of literature on its own.
The text is arranged in two parts: the first is about traditional poetic origins and formulae, especially from the past; and the second is about the use of poetic language, tools and devices, leading up to the more recent present.
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