How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry

How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of
  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry
  • Adam Sol
  • 21 December 2017
  • 1770414568

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How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry➹ [Download] ➵ How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry By Adam Sol ➼ – Johndore.co.uk A collection of playfully elucidating essays, to help reluctant poetry readers become well versed in verseDeveloped from Adam Sol s popular blog, How a Poem Moves is a collection of short essays that A collection of playfully elucidating essays, to Poem Moves: Kindle Ñ help reluctant poetry readers become well versed in verseDeveloped from Adam Sol s popular blog, How a Poem Moves is a collection ofshort essays that walks readers through an array of contemporary poems Sol is a dynamic teacher, and in these essays, he has captured the humor and engaging intelligence for which he is known in the classroom With a breezy style, Sol delivers essays that are perfect for a How a PDF or quick read or to be grouped together as a curriculumThough How a Poem Moves is not a textbook, it demonstrates poetry s range and pleasures through encounters with individual poems that span traditions, techniques, and ambitions This illuminating book is for readers who are afraid they don t get poetry, but who believe that, with a welcoming guide, they might conquer their fear and cultivate a new appreciation.

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10 thoughts on “How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry

  1. Bandit says:

    This intrigued me I m not afraid of poetry, but it isn t for me Not really Not modern poetry and not American or even English language one I love Shakespeare I can appreciate Dickinson But that can t be it, there s so muchAnd in order to justify thinking of myself as a not merely voracious, but also a diverse reader, I decided to check out if this is something worth including into my repertoire This book is based on a series of blogs by a poetry loving teacher and reading it is ver This intrigued me I m not afraid of poetry, but it isn t for me Not really Not modern poetry and not American or even English language one I love Shakespeare I can appreciate Dickinson But that can t be it, there s so muchAnd in order to justify thinking of myself as a not merely voracious, but also a diverse reader, I decided to check out if this is something worth including into my repertoire This book is based on a series of blogs by a poetry loving teacher and reading it is very much like taking an exceptionally lively entertaining class on a subject you didn t think would be of interest Adam Sol s taste leans to the precisely sort of modern abstractly no beloved rhyming iambic pentameter to be found structured poems I don t care for, but he takes them apart so cleverly, analyzing the language, the rhythms, the themes, the word choices and the meanings that it s a delight to behold all the same The man is like a poem detective And reading this you get to play along, follow the clues, decipher the coded messages and so on Which is a lot of fun I may not appreciate poetry enough, but linguistics I find fascinating, so for me this wasof a linguistic exercise And I would say Adam Sol succeeded in his mission by indeed helping a reluctant poetry reader become well versed in verse Although it didn t make me want to read poetry in fact the first poem I liked in this collection wasn t until 40% in , it made me fairly confident that if I did, I d be able to figure out what it s about So now I can consider myself edified and my choice to not read much poetry an informed one I mean, essentially poetry is just another form of telling a story, a different medium, and not the one I prefer on daily basis, but one to appreciate on a special occasion This book, though, was lovely A terrific example of how an author s enthusiasm for and knowledge of a subject combined with erudite enjoyable presentation can surpass your expectations and engage your attentionso than the subject itself might For a work of nonfiction that s quite an accomplishment, it even read quickly, maybe 180 minutes Long for a lesson maybe, but worth the time Recommended for fans of literary dissections Thanks Netgalley

  2. James Murphy says:

    Ralph Waldo Emerson thought The real poem is not the words on the page, it is the event or feeling or idea behind the words Adam Sol in his collection of 35 contemporary poems does present a variety of poetic styles and forms, but I m not sure he gets Emerson s spirit of poetry across This surprises me because I m familiar with Sol s good work with Tracy Smith and Alice Oswald as a Griffin Poetry Prize judge Here, though, he walks through the landscape of these poems pointing out technical Ralph Waldo Emerson thought The real poem is not the words on the page, it is the event or feeling or idea behind the words Adam Sol in his collection of 35 contemporary poems does present a variety of poetic styles and forms, but I m not sure he gets Emerson s spirit of poetry across This surprises me because I m familiar with Sol s good work with Tracy Smith and Alice Oswald as a Griffin Poetry Prize judge Here, though, he walks through the landscape of these poems pointing out technical features he does call the book a field guide but was unable to help me connect emotionally tothan a couple of them I thought most of them flat They didn t resonate with me, and his not making me like them makes me think his analyses are kinda empty About halfway through the book I stopped reading Sol s little essays and just read the poems.This is a good idea I m attracted to the format of anthologizing poems and following each with a brief commentary, but in my opinion it s been much better executed by Stephen Burt in his The Poem Is You 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them

  3. Kristin Lenz says:

    This book is the poetry class and professor I wish I d had in college

  4. TR Minamoto says:

    Reading How a Poem Moves is like taking a series of day trips with Adam Sol as a knowledgeable, engaging, and amiable guide While the poems may be destinations you have never thought to visit and perhaps might choose to not visit again , Sol s commentary enlivens the excursion and brings into focus interesting perspectives that make you delighted you ve made the trip Sol does not force you to visit every museum and cathedral on the tour he does, however, always show you something new or oft Reading How a Poem Moves is like taking a series of day trips with Adam Sol as a knowledgeable, engaging, and amiable guide While the poems may be destinations you have never thought to visit and perhaps might choose to not visit again , Sol s commentary enlivens the excursion and brings into focus interesting perspectives that make you delighted you ve made the trip Sol does not force you to visit every museum and cathedral on the tour he does, however, always show you something new or oft overlooked or so familiar that it makes you wonder why you did not recognize it yourself Occasionally he takes you on side trips to learn about classical poetry forms like sonnets and ghazals or the musicality of alliteration and iambic pentameter All of this in concise, entertaining, frequently humourous, highly readable style Sol set out to be a self professed field guide to help you, the reader, be less intimidated by poetry, a goal hethan achieves he infects you with his passion for poetry Read How a Poem Moves and travel whatever road Sol diverges down for your understanding and love of poetry, you will find that it has made all the difference

  5. Laurie Mackie says:

    Author, teacher and 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize juror, Adam Sol has a passion for poetry Fear, he says, the fear of not getting it, avoiding the genre makes me crazy With thirty five poems and accompanying short essays, How a Poem Moves sets out to change that perception This is not a textbook he avoids the definition of what poetry is, its meaning, the terms and techniques involved in its production.From the experimental to the tradition, Sol drills down, focuses on the question of What do Author, teacher and 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize juror, Adam Sol has a passion for poetry Fear, he says, the fear of not getting it, avoiding the genre makes me crazy With thirty five poems and accompanying short essays, How a Poem Moves sets out to change that perception This is not a textbook he avoids the definition of what poetry is, its meaning, the terms and techniques involved in its production.From the experimental to the tradition, Sol drills down, focuses on the question of What does this poem do Why did Deborah Digges opt for the line spacing chosen in Stealing Lilacs from the Cemetery Why is a list a poem Or a recipe Why does Don Paterson s sonnet Mercies , a traditional form of poetry dating from the 14th century, continue to touch us today Though designed for those who fear a lack of understanding, of not getting it, How a Poem Moves is equally relevant for emerging poets Humourous, well written and plain spoken, even the title is a poetic play on words

  6. Happyreader says:

    Thirty five poems, thirty five quick opportunities for the author to tour you around and say did you see what they did there Isn t that amazing fun surprising insightful Like the best poetry discussions No drudgery, only moments of completely missed that thanks for pointing that out, so moving thought provoking hilarious shocking, etc Great diversity of poets and styles leaving you wantingfrom these very modern voices.

  7. Christine says:

    Fabulous field guide that I recommend to my creative writing students and friends who might be afraid of poetry because they don t understand it Sol brings a practitioner s understanding and a teacher s patience to this collection of essays about poems he read during his tenure as Griffin Prize juror Each essay is about 1000 words and elucidating not only on the current poem but about poetic aims in general It belongs in every library.

  8. Caroline says:

    4.25 starsI really enjoyed this book, which is meant to be a field guide to introduce readers to the genre of poetry I m not exactly the target audience since I already read and I like to think understand poetry well enough on my own, but it was still a fun concept Sol s enthusiasm for poetry shines through in every essay, despite the varied subject matter I appreciated that he highlighted a diversity of poets and perspectives, and almost all of these poets were new to me especially the Ca 4.25 starsI really enjoyed this book, which is meant to be a field guide to introduce readers to the genre of poetry I m not exactly the target audience since I already read and I like to think understand poetry well enough on my own, but it was still a fun concept Sol s enthusiasm for poetry shines through in every essay, despite the varied subject matter I appreciated that he highlighted a diversity of poets and perspectives, and almost all of these poets were new to me especially the Canadian ones I added lots of poets to my Goodreads TBR shelf this week I particularly enjoyed the essays on the two poems in translation, because I always find the process of translation and how it affects the meaning of the poem to be quite fascinating If you love poetry like Sol and myself and want to evangelize poetry to someone who s wary of it, this would make an excellent gift, because he definitely makes poetry feel approachable and fun

  9. Domenica says:

    This book achieves all it sets out to do The poems and poets featured are diverse, Sol s essays are the perfect bite sized length, and he approaches each one with nuance, intelligence, openness, and joy There s a willingness to take each poem on its own terms, which makes Sol an excellent guide, and his enthusiasm translates seamlessly to the reader There s a lot of nitty gritty stuff to take away discussions on form, metre, stresses, syllables, etc but the main element at play is an engag This book achieves all it sets out to do The poems and poets featured are diverse, Sol s essays are the perfect bite sized length, and he approaches each one with nuance, intelligence, openness, and joy There s a willingness to take each poem on its own terms, which makes Sol an excellent guide, and his enthusiasm translates seamlessly to the reader There s a lot of nitty gritty stuff to take away discussions on form, metre, stresses, syllables, etc but the main element at play is an engagement in exploration and pleasure In this way I feel like it s suitable for all levels of readers and writers of poetry I can see how How a Poem Moves would make a great teaching resource for the classroom as each essay, since brief, is a great starting point but leaves lotsto explore and develop

  10. Rosemin Nathoo says:

    Sol s straightforward, personal, clever reflections awaken and re awaken an original delight in poetry This was a real joy to read.