|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
claims have been made for poetry than this -- such as Shelley's that the poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, and that poetry is a higher truth. In this Very Short Introduction Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called poetry -- from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its
value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and
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