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The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics Paperback – May 9 1993

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From abecedarius to zeugma, by way of cywydd, estribillo, Nibelungenstrophe, Tachtigers, and other poetic terms that sound like poetry, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a gold mine for readers and writers of poetry alike. First published in 1965, this tome has evolved to reflect developments in critical thinking and an expanding knowledge of non-Western poetry (without, heaven forfend, being trendy: "a reference work," the editors explain, "must always distance itself from its time while it works to embrace that time"). For this third edition, the editors write, nearly every entry has been changed significantly, and 162 entries have been added. The preface claims coverage of every poetic tradition in the world, and one doesn't doubt it. There's enough material here to keep one browsing well past Yeats's "Second Coming." If that's not enough to quench your poetic thirst, fret not: a detailed bibliography concludes each entry.

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Larger than both the last edition (1965) and the "enlarged" edition that was published in 1974, this new edition of the indispensable Princeton Encyclopedia assesses 106 national poetries, with coverage of "every significant poetry tradition in the world." Gone are such entries as "Negro poetry. American"; "Afro-American poetry" takes its place. Though many entries such as "sonnet" are virtually unchanged from the earlier edition, others, such as "Feminist poetics," are brand-new. Some entries, e.g., "cliche" and "compensation," have been deleted. This is an essential purchase for any library supporting the study of poetry; the only problem is that the print is tiny and hard to read.
- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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