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An intelligent yet playful look at some of the most teasing and mystifying puzzles in poetry -- a delightful addition to any poetry-lover's shelf.

Part of the pleasure of poetry is unravelling the mysteries and difficulties they contain and solving the puzzles that lie within. Who, for instance, was Ozymandias? What is the Snark? Who is Crazy Jane? Or indeed, who is “you” in a poem?

In this wonderful new book, acclaimed poet John Fuller looks at some of our greatest poems and considers the number of individual puzzles at their heart, and casts light on how we should approach these conundrums as readers. From riddling to double entendres, mysterious titles to red herrings, Fuller playfully unpicks the puzzles in works that range from Shelley to Auden, Empson to Eliot, Browning to Bishop, to help us reach the rewards and revelations that lie at the centre of some of our best-loved poems.


Perceptive and playful…Fuller guides readers through the fundamental questions that make interpreting a poem so enjoyable and rewarding

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  • Paperback


    May 15, 2013


    256 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    May 15, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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