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Ese conundrums as readers From riddling to double entendres mysterious titles to red herrings Fuller unpicks the puzzles in works that range from Browning to Bishop Empson to Eliot Shelley to Stevens to help the reader reach the rewards and revelations that lie at the center of some best loved poem. Interesting This book definitely grew on me while much of the opening went over my head whether due to interest or my mood the latter parts of the book were memorable and useful though I doubt I ll remember many of the actual poems it discusses Some fascinating discussion of titles Waste Land not Wasteland and form Definitely made me think differently about puzzles in poetry from the use of pronouns to how comprehensible the lines actually are or are meant to beAs Fuller says it s an act of love because the truth of their poems can have a revelatory force and it is for the poet like unreuited love because they get the stress and embarrassment of never knowing how much the audience gets or how much they should get As a poet I definitely agree with that As a reader though it s great fun trying to figure them out
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An intelligent yet playful look at some of the most teasing and mystifying puzzles at the heart of our greatest poemsPart of the pleasure of poetry is unraveling the mysteries and difficulties it contains and solving the puzzles that lie within Who for instance is Shelley's Ozymandias What is the L. It s interesting to compare this to the other recent book I read about poetry Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder Both authors are poets themselves but where the American Zapruder want s to pull down the barriers that stop ordinary people appreciating poetry Fuller an Oxford don resolutely builds them back up Poems are puzzles to be decoded according to Fuller who then goes on to decode a bunch of them in virtuoso style building on his long years of expertise in a way that is impressive but would be impossible for others There s pleasure to be gained from this for sure but he also has the air of a stuffy pedant and he pretty much exclusively cleaves to the male canon so you ll get plenty of Browning and Arnold and Eliot and co and just the occasional passing reference to a female poets This was published in 2011 but it could easily have been published in 1961
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Ewis Carroll's Snark Who is Wallace Stevens's Emperor of Ice Cream Or indeed who is you in a poem In this perceptive and playful new book an acclaimed poet looks at some of the greatest poems and considers the number of individual puzzles at their heart casting light on how we should approach th. Giving up really rather than finished I found it worthwhile and interesting for the first third and then it felt as though the ideas had run out and it was just a list of other things about other poems strung together to make it long enough to publish