An Introduction to Poetry

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HarperCollins, 1990 - American poetry - 532 pages

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Contents

Reading a Poem
1
NARRATIVE POETRY
8
THE PERSON IN THE POEM
19
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

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