The Secret Life of Poems
Tom Paulin’s A Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer is an encounter with some of the most celebrated poems in the English language, by one of the most distinguished poet-critics of our time.
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The Secret Life of Poems is a primer which offers a poem – or on occasion an excerpt – succeeding with commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase. This brief engagement with forty-seven poems is intended for students and readers of poetry, and seeks to explain how poetry works by bringing into view the hidden order of specific poems.
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