How to Read a Poem
by Edward Hirsch is simply a masterpiece of introduction to poetry, its perspectives and effects throughout history and especially for you, the reader, now. Containing many entire poems from all over the world and through history, Hirsch yet preserves their magic and mystery. Tightly written, calling out to one another, these testimonies stimulate our brains and souls to consider things not commonly considered.
An Eighth Day View:
How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can make a difference. In a marvelous reading of verse from around the world, including work by Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, among many others, Hirsch discovers the true meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives.