The Art of the Poetic Line

The Art of the Poetic Line

by James Longenbach


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The Art Of series is a new line of books reinvigorating the practice of craft and criticism. Each book will be a brief, witty, and useful exploration of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a writer impassioned by a singular craft issue. The Art Of volumes will provide a series of sustained examinations of key but sometimes neglected aspects of creative writing by some of contemporary literature's finest practioners.

"Poetry is the sound of language organized in lines." James Longenbach opens this provocative book with that essential statement. Through a range of examples—from Shakespeare and Milton to Ashbery and Glück—Longenbach describes the function of line in metered, rhymed, syllabic, and free-verse poetry. The Art of the Poetic Line is a vital new resource by one of America's most important critics and most engaging poets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555974886
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Series: Art of... Series
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 622,992
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

James Longenbach is the author of three poetry collections, including Draft of a Letter; five works of criticism, including The Resistance to Poetry, as well as numerous essays and reviews. He is Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

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joannasephine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and in-depth look at the various reasons (and effects) of line breaks (sorry ¿ make that ¿line endings¿) in poetry. While you may not agree with all of his conclusions, it's hard to fault either his passion or thoroughness. (On a personal note, I'm always impressed when I find myself arguing against the author as I read, and then find that he addresses the very points I'm making on the next page.) Think of it as a lineation seminar that you can carry with you and revisit at will. (It's even pocket-sized!)Possibly a little advanced for poetry novices, but well worth the effort. A good read, good arguments, and extremely good value. Recommended.