A Little History of Poetry (Little Histories) (Compact Disc)

A Little History of Poetry (Little Histories) By John Carey, Ralph Lister (Read by) Cover Image
By John Carey, Ralph Lister (Read by)


A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature

What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work--over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. This little history is about some that have not.

John Carey tells the stories behind the world's greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem "great" in the first place. This little history shines a light on the richness and variation of the world's poems--and the elusive quality that makes them all the more enticing.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094152301
ISBN-10: 1094152307
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: July 21st, 2020
Language: English
Series: Little Histories