Higher Education

Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry, 14th Edition

  • Thomas R. Arp Southern Methodist University
  • Greg Johnson Kennesaw State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133307248  |  ISBN-13: 9781133307242
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $137.75
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About

Overview

A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than fifty years, PERRINE'S SOUND AND SENSE: AN INTRODUCTION TO POETRY succinctly covers the basics of poetry with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson have assiduously continued the Perrine tradition over several recent editions. Every chapter introduction in this compact and concise anthology bears the mark of Laurence Perrine's crisp, clean, and descriptive prose, and every poem selected as an example is a perfect illustration of the concept at hand. In this book, the authors are concerned solely with getting students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry. The book provides a systematic guide for discovering how and what a poem means, and suggestions for writing that help students sort out their feelings and ideas, enabling them to assist others in sharing their experience. The new edition contains over fifty new poems, 2 new Featured Poets (John Keats and Elizabeth Bishop) and 2 new poets in the Contemporary Collection (Linda Pastan and Natasha Trethewey).

Features and Benefits

  • An expanded collection of Featured Poets, each represented by a sufficient number of works to support study of them as an individual artist. For 14e, the number of poems previously included per poet has been reduced somewhat to permit the addition of two additional poets. The new collection features the poems of John Donne from the Renaissance, John Keats and Emily Dickinson from the 19th century, and Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop from the twentieth century.
  • An updated portfolio of contemporary poets, the Contemporary Collection, presents six or seven poems by each of five contemporary poets: Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Sharon Olds, Pulitzer Prize-winnier Natasha Trethewey, and National Book Award finalist Linda Pastan.
  • Approximately 25% of the poems in the book have been added or relocated, including works by Sherman Alexie; Elizabeth Bishop; Henri Cole; Billy Collins; Countee Cullen; Emily Dickenson; Mark Doty; Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson; Steven Dunn; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Donald Hall; Thomas Hardy; A. E. Housman; Clive James; John Keats; Galway Kinnell; Yusef Komunyakaa; Stanley Kunitz; Sidney Lea; Christopher Marlowe; Cleopatra Mathis; Judson Mitcham; Joyce Carol Oates; Mary Oliver; Meghan O'Rourke; Linda Pastan; Sylvia Plath; Edgar Allan Poe; Katha Pollitt; Spencer Reece; Christina Rossetti; Kay Ryan; Anne Sexton; Natasha Tretheway; James Wright; and William Butler Yeats.
  • Laurence Perrine's exceptional chapters covering the elements of poetry have effectively introduced students to poetry for over fifty years. From "What Is Poetry?" and "How to Read a Poem" to imagery, allusion, tone, rhythm and meter, these concise chapters offer superb guidance to understanding poetry that remain true to their original vision--and true to the serious study of literature.
  • Unique chapters on evaluating poetry speak directly to students with straightforward answers to questions most introduction to poetry books ignore: "Is some literature better?" and "How can it be evaluated?"
  • Exemplary literary selections throughout the introductions to poetry's elements not only bring these concepts to life in crystal detail but also represent the best and most important literature that many students will encounter in college.
  • "Writing About Poetry" offers exceptionally clear guidance in "Choosing a Topic," "Proving Your Point," "Writing a Paper," "Introducing Quotations," "Documentation," and more.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Professional Acknowledgments.
Foreword to Students.
1. What Is Poetry?
2. Reading the Poem.
3. Denotation and Connotation.
4. Imagery.
5. Figurative Language 1: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy.
6. Figurative Language 2: Symbol, Allegory.
7. Figurative Language 3: Paradox, Overstatement, Understatement.
8. Allusion.
9. Meaning and Idea.
10. Tone.
11. Musical Devices.
12. Rhythm and Meter.
13. Sound and Meaning.
14. Pattern.
15. Evaluating Poetry 1: Sentimental, Rhetorical, Didactic Verse.
16. Evaluating Poetry 2: Poetic Excellence.
Part Two: Writing about Poetry.
Part Three: Poems for Further Reading.
Glossary and Index of Literary Terms.
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines.
Copyrights and Acknowledgments.

What's New

  • An expanded collection of Featured Poets, each represented by a sufficient number of works to support study of them as an individual artist. For 14e, the number of poems previously included per poet has been reduced somewhat to permit the addition of two additional poets. The new collection features the poems of John Donne from the Renaissance, John Keats and Emily Dickinson from the 19th century, and Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop from the twentieth century.
  • An updated portfolio of contemporary poets presents six or seven poems by each of five contemporary poets: Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Sharon Olds, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, and National Book Award finalist Linda Pastan.
  • Approximately 25% of the poems in the book have been added or relocated, including works by Sherman Alexie; Elizabeth Bishop; Henri Cole; Billy Collins; Countee Cullen; Emily Dickenson; Mark Doty; Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson; Steven Dunn; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Donald Hall; Thomas Hardy; A. E. Housman; Clive James; John Keats; Galway Kinnell; Yusef Komunyakaa; Stanley Kunitz; Sidney Lea; Christopher Marlowe; Cleopatra Mathis; Judson Mitcham; Joyce Carol Oates; Mary Olive; Meghan O'Rourke; Linda Pastan; Sylvia Plath; Edgar Allan Poe; Katha Pollitt; Spencer Reece; Christina Rossetti; Kay Ryan; Anne Sexton; Natasha Tretheway; James Wright; and William Butler Yeats.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Perrine’s Sound & Sense: An introduction to Poetry, (AP® Edition), 14th: Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133957595 | ISBN-13: 9781133957591)

The Instructor's Manual contains comments on each and every poem in SOUND AND SENSE by either Larry Perrine, Greg Johnson, or Thomas Arp, or in some instances, all three authors. This useful resource also includes answers to the "Exercises" featured throughout the book, as well as additional information that helps answer one or more of the "Questions" for an individual poem. Finally, the Instructor's Manual also includes information for the "Poems For Further Reading" section of the book, offering points of discussion that will help open students' understanding of the featured poetry.

Premium Web Site Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285064631 | ISBN-13: 9781285064635)

Cengage Learning's Premium Website brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. The Premium Website includes an eBook of selected poems by John Keats, author biographies, interactive poetry tutorials, audio readings, instructor podcasts, author interviews, chapter quizzes, and more.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

Student Supplements

Premium Web Site Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285064631 | ISBN-13: 9781285064635)

Cengage Learning's Premium Website brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. The Premium Website includes an eBook of selected poems by John Keats, author biographies, interactive poetry tutorials, audio readings, instructor podcasts, author interviews, chapter quizzes, and more.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas R. Arp

Thomas R. Arp received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan (1954) and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to Stanford University. In 1955–1956, he produced educational television for the University of Michigan. He received an M.A. in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1962 -- both from Stanford. He taught at Bowdoin College, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, Hull University (England), and Southern Methodist University. Macmillan published his volume THE FORM OF POETRY in 1966, and he received a Fulbright lectureship at University of Bucharest (Romania) in 1969–1970. Arp joined Laurence Perrine in preparing revised editions of SOUND AND SENSE, STORY AND STRUCTURE, and LITERATURE: STRUCTURE, SOUND, AND SENSE beginning in 1982. He became sole author of the books in 1997 and was joined by Greg Johnson in 2002. Dr. Arp passed away in 2015.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson received an M.A. in English from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Dr. Johnson is the author of 12 books of fiction, poetry, criticism, and biography, including LAST ENCOUNTER WITH THE ENEMY (Johns Hopkins, 2004), WOMEN I'VE KNOWN: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES (Ontario Review, 2007), the novel STICKY KISSES (Alyson Books, 2001), and several books on Joyce Carol Oates, including INVISIBLE WRITER: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOYCE CAROL OATES (Dutton, 1998) and JOYCE CAROL OATES: CONVERSATIONS 1970–2006 (Ontario Review, 2006). He joined the author team of PERRINE'S LITERATURE in 2002 and has been the sole author since Thomas Arp's passing in 2015.