Literary Criticism, Poetry

Literary Criticism, Poetry Book List

A 2007 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
Cover of 'Blank Verse'

Blank Verse
A Guide to Its History and Use
By Robert B. Shaw

With its compact but inclusive survey of more than four centuries of poetry, Blank Verse is filled with practical advice for poets of our own day who may wish to attempt the form or enhance their mastery of it. Enriched with numerous examples, Shaw’s discussions of verse technique are lively and accessible, inviting to all.

Cover of 'Private Poets, Worldly Acts'

Private Poets, Worldly Acts
Public and Private History in Contemporary American Poetry
By Kevin Stein

At a time when poets appear tragically detached from the public for which they write, Kevin Stein persuasively demonstrates in Private Poets, Worldy Acts the way a particular group of diverse poets have manifested their communal concerns. As Choice wrote, “Stein’s graceful text is a primer on the relationship of the (American) poetic to the political.”