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John Strachan, Richard Terry

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Quickly equips you with the strategies you need to deepen your engagement with individual poems

New for this edition:

  • End-of-chapter exercises and follow-up research tasks
  • New readings of modern women's poetry
  • Section on How to Write Poetry with exercises
  • Suggestions for further reading - both books and websites

Based on their extensive teaching experience, the authors provide a lively route map through the main aspects of poetry such as sound effects, rhythm and metre, the typographic display of poems on the page and the language of poetry using practical examples throughout.

Key Features

  • Packed full of examples, from the work of Shakespeare to Edwin Morgan and from Sylvia Plath to John Agard
  • Detailed index of poets, works, terms, forms & concepts
  • Full glossary of poetic terms, from acatalectic to wrenched accent, with cross-references and page references of examples
  • Praise for the first edition:

    'Wide-ranging, provocative, and thorough, Strachan and Terry provide the student with all the tools necessary for the study of poetry. I can think of no other volume that offers the reader so much in so few pages. This is the text of choice for all students and teachers of the subject.'

    Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow

About the Author

John Strachan is Professor of English at the University of Sunderland.

Richard Terry is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Northumbria University, having previously worked for many years at the University of Sunderland. He has written numerous articles on aspects of eighteenth-century literature, as well as producing major studies on literary historiography, mock-heroic writing, and the allegation of plagiarism during the period.


'This is the text of choice for all students and teachers of poetry'.Professor Duncan Wu, Georgetown University, US
- Duncan Wu