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How to Play a Poem - by Don Bialostosky (Paperback)

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Approaching poems as utterances designed and packaged for pleasurable reanimation, How to Play a Poem leads readers through a course that uses our common experience of language to bring poems to life. It mobilizes the speech genres we acquire in our everyday exchanges to identify “signs of life” in poetic texts that can guide our co-creation of tone. How to Play a Poem draws on ideas from the Bakhtin School, usually associated with fiction rather than poetry, to construct a user-friendly practice of close reading as an alternative to the New Critical formalism that still shapes much of teaching and alienates many readers. It sets aside stock questions about connotation and symbolism to guide the playing out of dynamic relations among the human parties to poetic utterances, as we would play a dramatic script or musical score. How to Play a Poem addresses critics ready to abandon New Criticism, teachers eager to rethink poetry, readers eager to enjoy it, and students willing to give it a chance, inviting them to discover a lively and enlivening way to animate familiar and unfamiliar poems.
Number of Pages: 235
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Series Title: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
Author: Don Bialostosky
Language: English
Street Date: April 24, 2017
TCIN: 51765869
UPC: 9780822964377
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-6580
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