Thematic Guide to British Poetry, 1st Edition

  • Ruth Glancy
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  • ISBN-10: 031307660X
  • ISBN-13: 9780313076602
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 303 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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Offers interpretations of 250 poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers. Organization of this volume facilitates easy access to information on poetry for users' individual purposes. The main section of the guide contains narrative essays on 21 alphabetically arranged themes that recur throughout the rich history of American poetry.

Educators teaching thematic units will find relevant essays here appropriate as either background presentation, discussion ideas, or student assignments. Following each entry, the poems are listed with information about the anthologies in which they may be found.


"Both these guides are excellent examples of the art of literary explication. Their handy surveys of familiar themes and works should provide students with numerous ideas for developing papers and research of their own." --Lawrence Looks at Books, November 2002

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Anthologies of British Poetry and Abbreviations Used.
1: Active and Contemplative Lives.
2: Art, Imagination, and Inspiration.
3: Beauty.
4: Carpe Diem.
5: Christmas Poems.
6: Death.
7: Death of the Young.
8: Duty.
9: Fame and Ambition.
10: Family Relations.
11: Freedom and Captivity.
12: The Golden Mean.
13: Immortality.
14: Industrialism and the City.
15: Innocence and Experience.
16: Love.
17: Marriage.
18: Music.
19: Nature and Country Life.
20: Old Age.
21: Patriotism.
22: Politics and Human Rights.
23: Pride and Vanity.
24: Rebellion and Conformity.
25: Regret, Consolation, and Melancholy.
26: Religion.
27: Sleep.
28: Time and Change.
29: War.
30: Biographical Sketches.
Further Reading.
About the Author.