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Read the Instructions: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose

Toohey, Epic Lessons: An Introduction to Ancient Didactic Poetry (London, 1996); Atherton (n. panorama t?

Didactic poetry: The Hellenistic invention of a pre-existing ...

But this early generous attitude toward instructional poetry, which differs markedly from the Hellenistic one, brings me to my point: didactic has to be seen ...

Didactic and epic: origins, continuity, and interactions

Abstract: This chapter explores the continuity, flexibility, and limits of genre clas- sification between the hexameter genres of didactic and epic, ...

poetry to children

Didactic Poetry with Moral and. Religious Emphasis (1600-1800). Expanding Subject Matter (1800-1870). Later History. Transition to Child-interest Verse.

Didactic Poetry as Elitist Poetry: Christopher Stay's De ...

1 For a survey of Neo-Latin didactic poetry in the 15th and 16th centuries, see Roellenbleck. 1975; Hofmann 1988; Ludwig 1989; Haskell 1999; Hofmann 2001, esp.

Philippe Beck, Didactic Poetries; Jacques Rancière and ...

She has written several books and published numer- ous articles. ... One place to begin thinking about didactic poetry is with Alexander Pope's An Essay on.

Mark Akenside's didactic poem, “The Pleasures of ...

The final stanza of the poem (Book III, lines 568-633) serves as the poet's appeal to humanity to embrace imagination, and as a result, nature and God.

The Criticism of Didactic Poetry: Essays on Lucretius, Virgil ...



poetry was the didactic: poetry of (usually ... didactic poem, inspiring countless imitations ... bijoux reproductions – usually one or two books.

Didactic Poetry of Greece, Rome and Beyond: Knowledge, Power, Tradition

por Lilah Grace Canevaro

Here a team of established scholars offers new perspectives on poetic texts of wisdom, learning and teaching related to the great line of Greek and Latin poems descended from Hesiod. In previous scholarship, a drive to classify Greek and Latin didactic poetry has engaged with the near-total absence in ancient literary criticism of explicit discussion of didactic as a discrete genre. The present volume approaches didactic poetry from different perspectives: the diachronic, mapping the development of didactic through changing social and political landscapes (from Homer and Hesiod to Neo-Latin didactic); and the comparative, setting the Graeco-Roman tradition against a wider backdrop (including ancient near-eastern and contemporary African traditions). The issues raised include knowledge in its relation to power; the cognitive strategies of the didactic text; ethics and poetics; the interplay of obscurity and clarity, playfulness and solemnity; the authority of the teacher.

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My Last Duchess (Complete Edition): Dramatic Lyrics from one of the most important Victorian poets and playwrights, regarded as a sage and philosopher-poet, known for Porphyria's Lover, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Book and the Ring: Dramatic Lyrics fro

por Robert Browning

My Last Duchess is a poem, frequently anthologised as an example of the dramatic monologue. It first appeared in 1842 in Browning's Dramatic Lyrics. The poem is written in 28 rhymed couplets of iambic pentameter. The poem is set during the late Italian Renaissance. The speaker (presumably the Duke of Ferrara) is giving the emissary of the family of his prospective new wife (presumably a third or fourth since Browning could have easily written 'second' but did not do so) a tour of the artworks in his home. He draws a curtain to reveal a painting of a woman, explaining that it is a portrait of his late wife; he invites his guest to sit and look at the painting. Robert Browning (1812 - 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, and in particular the dramatic monologue, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humor, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. The speakers in his poems are often musicians or painters whose work functions as a metaphor for poetry.

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Untitled Epic Poem on the History of Industrialization

por R. Buckminster Fuller

Jonathan Williams and Fuller became friends at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the 1930s. Williams was delighted when in 1962 Fuller offered him a grant to help bring out this long poem in the Jargon Press series. Williams knew nothing about the concurrent Simon and Schuster edition until some years later when he came across a copy in a bookstore. Given Fuller’s casual approach to the publishing process this kind of funny coincidence was not unusual.
Russell Davenport was an editor at Fortune magazine during the period from 1938 to 1940 when Fuller was a consultant. (Davenport was later national campaign manager for Wendell Willkie in the Republican campaign of 1940.) Almost buried on the back of the folded inside flap copy of the Jargon edition is Fuller’s statement that he and Davenport closely collaborated on the Industrialization piece: “About 10 percent of the wording was Davenport’s” and “... neither of us ever hoped it would find a publisher.” In the introduction Davenport describes Fuller as “not a poet in words” but “a poet in science,” and he had once described Fuller in Fortune as “the first poet of industrialization.”
Hugh Kenner has characterized this anthem to American industry as “our only readable didactic poem.”
Description by Ed Applewhite, courtesy of The Estate of Buckminster Fuller

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The Didactic Muse: Scenes of Instruction in Contemporary American Poetry

por Willard Spiegelman

Writing with the vigor and elan that readers have come to expect from his many astute reviews and essays, Willard Spiegelman maintains that contemporary American poets have returned to the poetic aims of an earlier era: to edify, as well as to delight, and thus to serve the "didactic muse." What Spiegelman says about individual poets--such as Nemerov, Hecht, Ginsberg, Pinsky, Ammons, Rich, and Merrill, among others--is wonderfully insightful. Furthermore, his outlook on their work--the way he takes quite literally the teacherly elements of their poems--challenges long-standing conceptions both about contemporary writing and about the poetry of the Eliot-Pound-Stevens-Williams generation. Beginning the book with a meditation on W. H. Auden's legacy to American poets, Spiegelman ends with a discussion of the multiple scenes of learning in Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover, which he identifies as not only the major epic poem of the second half of the twentieth century but also as the period's most important georgic: a textbook full of scientific, mythic, artistic, and human instruction. The Didactic Muse reminds us that poets have traditionally acknowledged their function as teachers, from Horace's advice that poetry should please and instruct to Robert Frost's aphorism that a poem "begins in delight and ends in wisdom." Whereas many of the critical remarks of the most important Romantic and modern poets suggest their desperate attempts to separate poetry from instruction, Spiegelman demonstrates that their practices often contradicted their theories. And he shows that our best contemporary poets are now embracing the older, classical paradigms.

Originally published in 1989.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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Poems of Peace - Including the lyrical Dramatic Poem Eolaus: With an Essay from Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin

por James Allen

“Poems of Peace” is a 1909 collection of poetry by British writer James Allen. Contents include: “Buddha”, “If Men Only Understood”, “Practice and Perception”, “Liberty”, “Long I Sought Thee”, “Reality”, “To-morrow and To-day”, “Star of Wisdom”, “Would you Scale the Highest Heaven”, “To Them That Seek the Highest Good”, “One Thing Lacking”, “Yashas”, “The Lowly Way”, “The Music of the Sea”, “Love's Conquest”, etc. This wonderful collection will appeal to all lovers of the form and is not to be missed by fans of Allen's seminal work. James Allen (1864–1912) was a British writer most famous for his inspirational poetry and being an early leader of the self-help movement. “As a Man Thinketh” (1903), his best known work, has been a significant source of inspiration for many self-help authors. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with an essay by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

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Didactic Poetries

por Philippe Beck

Complex, haunting, imaginative and profoundly literary, Didactic Poetries is Beck’s response to Schiller’s statement: “We are still waiting for a didactic poem where thought itself would be and would remain poetic,” and Hegel’s claim that, “strictly speaking, didactic poetry isn’t poetry.”For the acclaimed French poet, Philippe Beck, Schiller’s task of attempting a didactic poetry remains as vital today as it was for Schiller’s time.  Is there a way to construct a poetry built and chiseled, hammered and stitched, from out of past narratives and poetries, condensed in such a manner as to make new poetic verses sing new truths? Forging a singular attempt to echo the poets and tales of a bygone age, Beck’s didactic poetries perhaps carve out the path for renewing a poetic thought as a quasi-musical atmosphere where the reader can glimpse “A small country “sculpted” as spiritual, supposed to be so at home in the Bygone Country. Alluvial layers so light, that weather disappeared, weary of variety a priori.”  Beck’s deftly textured poems interweave contemporary commentary with cultural, historical, literary, and philosophical allusions, drawing the reader into a world of lived poetic experience.

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