In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.
©2008 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
Gotta love Drout - such a great teacher. This installment of the Modern Scholar explain poetry very clearly for the uninformed (like me). Best is the explanation of iambic pentameter, meter, etc. The only problem I have is that he devoted almost a whole lecture to John Donne and spent only 4 minutes on Milton - even though the chapter was entitled Milton. But that aside - Drout still rules!
Would recommend to my peers because author/narrator is very passionate about subject.
His story about the poet Lord Byron.
Definitely worth it.
I will be listening to this one several times. Listening to an hour or two a day is best in my opinion. It contains so much information its a lot to take in at once but It is so well done I can't speak highly enough of it.
Glass blower and audiobook junkie. Books are my schoolroom and my entertainment!
I must say it pains me to give this title only three stars, because of how thoroughly I enjoyed many of the lectures and because of what a thoughtful, engaging teacher Prof. Drout is. After having listened to the lectures, I have a much better understanding of poetic techniques such as meter and rhythm, as well as the history of poetry in English. What I don't understand that much better is the meaning in the poetry itself. Maybe I was expecting a more hand-holding approach, guiding if not line-by-line then at least stanza-by-stanza, explaining what the poet was actually saying - not just how they were saying it. He seemed to think that part was self-evident when for me it often was not.
Part of the problem was just how short it was, when you're trying to look at the entire history of poetry in English. He seems to spend a lot of time just telling you how much he's leaving out. I am interested in history generally, and in the history of the English language specifically, so I was looking forward to the historical aspect. But looking back I think, for a course in "Understanding Poetry", I would've gotten more out of it if there was less of a historical aspect, and more analysis.
If the "professor" actually knew which poets wrote which poems
Nothing from this series
The *professor* refers to Keats THREE times when discussing Ode to the West Wind which is actually written by Shelley. Dude, get your poets straight. If you're going to lecture on a poem you should at least know who wrote it.....
This is generally speaking a pretty technical course of understanding poetry. The professor is fantastic and delivers it in an engaging and passionate fashion.
But there is less discussion of meaning etc... more (at least the way I felt) of form and how it affects meaning.
As such it is great but this is not what I thought I was buying...
"Light enjoyable and easy to listen"
A Way with Words IV: Understanding Poetry is really a wonderful lecture. It's not your average set of dry facts (this and this poet born and died wrote this and that... to be noted for the use of ...). Instead you (as the listener) are made to understand the poets as humans with their 'normal' (and not so normal) life stories. You come to understand how the poetry evolved and how is it that it came to be the way it is now. The facts are sort of thrown in and you cannot help but to remember them...
Most of all it's really enjoyable to listen and I did so at least 10 times.
"I am captivated"
I've always wanted to know more about poetry, how it works in different ways and why one type of poetry is so different from another. I have always been slightly intimidated by the rules and codes about this form of storytelling and although I have dabbled in the past, I have never really given my attention to it - until now!
I found this book/course by Michael Drout to be compelling and exciting and I listened to it in 3 days in between other busy activities. I didn't understand it all and didn't look at the notes at the time but now intend to listen again this week, read the literature that comes with it and makes notes on what I now understood and what remains unclear.
I now feel I can read poetry with much improved confidence and I feel inspired to learn more about poetry and the poets that speak to me.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be captivated by poetry and how to understand it better.
The only element missing in the book for me was a more in depth analysis of the meanings of some of the poetry. I would have loved to hear a greater interpretation of some of the poems and their less obvious hidden meanings and the devices used by the poets. I appreciate that would have made the book much longer (fine by me) or perhaps this could be the subject of the next piece by Michael Drout!
"Enjoyed a Lot!"
For me it would be, but there is also accompanying reference material via the website.
Not a story. It really gave me some helpful impressions of noteworthy poets, throughout the history of poetry.
He's always so excited & impassioned about his subject matter that I would be encouraged to try out listening to another audiobook even if if wasn't an area i had previously thought to seek out.
No - Far too long & I would also go off to further research some of the mentioned poets.
A book I will come back to over time & listen to relevant parts.
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