Offers interpretations of 250 poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers. Organization of this volume facilitates easy access to information on poetry for users' individual purposes. The main section of the guide contains narrative essays on 21 alphabetically arranged themes that recur throughout the rich history of American poetry.
Educators teaching thematic units will find relevant essays here appropriate as either background presentation, discussion ideas, or student assignments. Following each entry, the poems are listed with information about the anthologies in which they may be found.
"Both these guides are excellent examples of the art of literary explication. Their handy surveys of familiar themes and works should provide students with numerous ideas for developing papers and research of their own."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, November 2002
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