Thematic Guide to American Poetry, 1st Edition

  • Allan Burns
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  • ISBN-10: 0313076383
  • ISBN-13: 9780313076381
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 309 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released December 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Anthologies of American Poetry and Abbreviations Used.
Art and Beauty.
Family Relations.
Freedom and Slavery.
The Individual and Society.
Innocence and Experience.
Life and Death.
Love and Sex.
Obligations and Choices.
The Self.
Skepticism and Belief.
Suffering and Joy.
Thought and Perception.
Time and Change.
Tradition and Heritage.
Truth and Appearances.
Biographical Sketches.
Further Reading.
Title Index.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
About the Author.