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Books to have for Poets (1 Viewer)

Ye all:

RH & I had a conversation where I recommended that he buy The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and so should you. It runs to 992 pp. & everything is in it, except the question RH asked me. To answer his question, I consulted the Oxford English Dictionary, which you may be able to find in a used bookstore (multiple volumes) or a used copy of it on disk; it's a subscription service now for about $100/yr & probably not worth it on that basis. The only other books I'd recommend as must reading are Ezra Pound's ABC of Reading, a cheap paperback, and Karl Shapiro's A Primer for Poets, which is a pamphlet & rare.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics goes for as little as $8 on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?htt...n+Encyclopedia+of+Poetry+and+Prose&_sacat=267

ABC of Reading goes for as little as $4:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Abc-of-Reading-by-Ezra-Pound-1960-Paperback-8th-printing/303871117034?

or at thriftbooks:

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/abc-o...7bc1370ab38a6a1#idiq=42638368&edition=1921817

A Primer for Poets, a thin pamphlet, is rare and will cost you $16.71 on Amazon, but worth it.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr...0&_osacat=0&_odkw=A+Primer+for+poets,+Shapiro

The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary will set you back $1,180 new, but you'll have it for life, comes with supplements, and looks beautiful on a shelf.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-english-dictionary-9780198611868?cc=gb&lang=en&

Or you can get a used 1989 edition for $746, which has all but the most absurd modern stuff:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Oxford...748832?hash=item4b8bd83220:g:vCwAAOSwC7NgE1Zk

But you can get a recent compact edition for about $50, in very small type:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Oxford...85670?hash=item2f52491b06:g:LCAAAOSwzmZf1SO6n

Or you can get the one I have on disk for $7. I can't vouch for this one disk version; mine has two disks and worked only on DOS, it's that old. This one is a gamble, but it's cheap:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-New-Engl...hDarwoV3BBEV2b&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851

ALWAYS CHECK THE YEAR FOR THE MOST RECENT OED EDITION.

Everything else I've read about poetry & poetics is a line on the vita of the one who wrote it.

--Jim.
 

ritudimrinautiyal

Senior Member
Ye all:

RH & I had a conversation where I recommended that he buy The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and so should you. It runs to 992 pp. & everything is in it, except the question RH asked me. To answer his question, I consulted the Oxford English Dictionary, which you may be able to find in a used bookstore (multiple volumes) or a used copy of it on disk; it's a subscription service now for about $100/yr & probably not worth it on that basis. The only other books I'd recommend as must reading are Ezra Pound's ABC of Reading, a cheap paperback, and Karl Shapiro's A Primer for Poets, which is a pamphlet & rare.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics goes for as little as $8 on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?htt...n+Encyclopedia+of+Poetry+and+Prose&_sacat=267

ABC of Reading goes for as little as $4:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Abc-of-Reading-by-Ezra-Pound-1960-Paperback-8th-printing/303871117034?

or at thriftbooks:

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/abc-o...7bc1370ab38a6a1#idiq=42638368&edition=1921817

A Primer for Poets, a thin pamphlet, is rare and will cost you $16.71 on Amazon, but worth it.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr...0&_osacat=0&_odkw=A+Primer+for+poets,+Shapiro

The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary will set you back $1,180 new, but you'll have it for life, comes with supplements, and looks beautiful on a shelf.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-english-dictionary-9780198611868?cc=gb&lang=en&

Or you can get a used 1989 edition for $746, which has all but the most absurd modern stuff:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Oxford...748832?hash=item4b8bd83220:g:vCwAAOSwC7NgE1Zk

But you can get a recent compact edition for about $50, in very small type:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Oxford...85670?hash=item2f52491b06:g:LCAAAOSwzmZf1SO6n

Or you can get the one I have on disk for $7. I can't vouch for this one disk version; mine has two disks and worked only on DOS, it's that old. This one is a gamble, but it's cheap:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-New-Engl...hDarwoV3BBEV2b&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851

ALWAYS CHECK THE YEAR FOR THE MOST RECENT OED EDITION.

Everything else I've read about poetry & poetics is a line on the vita of the one who wrote it.

--Jim.

Thanks for sharing.
 

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
I appreciate the suggestions and decided to add some of my favorites.

Here are three books on poetry that I keep by my side. (I have so many books on poetry but these three are my present favorites.)

A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry
By Robert Hass (winner of a Pulitzer prize). I have the hard cover but you can also get a new paperback for $16.99. (Amazon can get used copies too.)
It’s quite an interesting book as you’ll see when you take a “Look Inside” at Amazon.

The Columbia History of American Poetry: From the Puritans to Our Time (Jay Parini, Editor)
Hard cover available for $16.50. This one is great for providing an overview poetry and the various movements that have kept it healthy and thriving.

Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Helene Cixous (Translated by Sarah Cornell and Susan Sellers).
Amazon has this for $25.39 and you can take a look inside. This book’s been at my side for years now. I love re-reading it because it’s so inspirational (I have at least 50% of the book underlined, dog-eared, starred. I can’t seem to exhaust it.) It’s not your regular “how- to- write” poetry book. It’s like reading prose poetry about the interesting “strange science” of poetry. Jacques Derrida says “Helene Cixous is today, in my view, the greatest writer in what I will call my language, the French language if you like. And I am weighing my words as I say that. For a great writer must be a poet-thinker, very much a poet and a very thinking poet.”

Some books on poetry are as interesting and poetic as poetry itself.
 

Torus34

Senior Member
Never far away from me is Poems, Wadsworth Handbook and Anthology, by C. C. Main and Peter J. Seng, Wadsworth Publishing Company Inc., San Francisco. 1961.

A real cheapie, Amazon lists used copies starting at about $2.50.
 
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