This accessible satellite textbook in the Routledge INTERTEXT series is unique in offering students hands-on practical experience of textual analysis focused on poetry. Written in a clear, user-friendly style by an experienced writer and practising teacher, it links practical activities with examples of texts. These are followed by commentaries and suggestions for research. It can be used individually or in conjunction with the series core textbook, Working with Texts: A core book for language analysis. Aimed at A-Level and beginning undergraduate students, The Language of Poetry: focuses on the ‘look, the sound, the movement and the appeal of poetry uses clusters of poems to highlight differences in structure, tone, quality and form explores historical, contemporary, regional and social differences in language and style
combines a highly individual and fascinating selection of poems from the canonical to the fringe, among them an Old English lament, a haiku and a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah
includes a selection of suggestions for project work
has a comprehensive glossary of terms
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies at the University of Nottingham. He has been at the forefront of work on the language and literature interface for many years and is the co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English.
The Intertext series
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What aspects of language are important to understand when analysing texts? The Routledge INTERTEXT series will develop readers’ understanding of how texts work. It does this by showing some of the designs and patterns in the language from which they are made, by placing texts within the contexts in which they occur, and by exploring relationships between them.
The series consists of a foundation text, Working with Texts: A core book for language analysis, which looks at language aspects essential for the analysis of texts, and a range of satellite texts. These apply aspects of language to a particular topic area in more detail. They complement the core text and can also be used alone, providing the user has the foundation skills furnished by the core text.
Benefits of using this series:
Unique—written by a team of respected teachers and practitioners whose ideas and activities have also been trialled independently
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Comprehensive—wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
Student-friendly—contains suggestions for further reading; activities relating to texts studied; commentaries after activities; key terms highlighted and an index of terms
The Language of Poetry
• John McRae
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First published 1998
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