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  • Published: 15 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099492948
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99
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The Poem and the Journey

60 Poems for the Journey of Life



A follow up to the successful 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, this new anthology gives you sixty wise and wonderful poems about life and suggests ways of reading them

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet who has also become renowned as an energetic, generous and thought-provoking guide to reading poetry. Her 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, with its lively overview of contemporary writing and eye-opening readings of individual poems, is indispensable for anyone who writes poetry, teaches it, or simply wants to enjoy it. In her new book, she uses sixty poems by some of our finest poets to look at the idea of the journey, through literature and through life. As Padel makes clear in her fascinating introduction, today’s debates about how accessible a poem should be are poetry’s older tradition. To rhyme or not to rhyme? The Elizabethans fought over that one, while the Greeks couldn’t agree about whether poetry should be dumbed down or remain the preserve of the elite. Combining her training as a Classicist with her insights as a poet, Padel highlights the ways in which the best poets now find a balance between rhymed formal verse and modernism’s freer styles, using a traditional, formal craft to convey genuinely felt, up-to-the-minute experience. In an increasingly unstable world, she argues, we need poetry more than ever to help us to see afresh and understand the journeys of our lives.

  • Published: 15 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099492948
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the author

Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning poet, author of twelve acclaimed poetry collections and prose works including much-loved books on reading contemporary poetry, a travel-memoir on wild tiger conservation, and a study of the influence of Greek myth on rock music. Awards include a British Council Darwin Now Award, a Travel Bursary and Cholmondley Award from The Society of Authors, and First Prize in the National Poetry Competition. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Praise for The Poem and the Journey

It's a generous, likable, diligent and smart piece of work

Andrew Motion, Guardian

Ruth Padel is Virgil in the 'Inferno' of poetry. She guides the reader gently and deftly on the journey... This is much more than a book about poetry, this is a handbook for living!

Fiona Shaw

As a writer you would probably choose Ruth Padel as your ideal reader. Her eye misses very little of the nudging and winking that goes on in a poem, and she seems able to tune into the silent music of text on the page...she finds more than most to engage with and enjoy

Simon Armitage

This vivid and illuminating book opens many pathways for the reader of contemporary poetry, bringing to bear not only current thinking but the whole world of the past, particularly the past of Greek experience

Gillian Beer

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