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The Meaning of Modern Poetry


reviewed by Warren F. Shaffer - 1963

coverTitle: The Meaning of Modern Poetry
Author(s): J. C. Pratt
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a scrambled book, a TutorText prepared by the Educational Science Division of US Industries for those who wish to investigate modern poetry by themselves. As a self-help book, it has its shortcomings; as an exercise for the skilled reader, it is endlessly engaging. One expects a programed book to set forth a series of propositions and to base later study of the field specifically on the earlier material. The author, a Captain in the Air Force, does introduce a series of definitions in the early pages of the text, but he fails to base his later teaching on his earlier propositions. In the first pages, the reader is introduced in rapid order to the metaphor, simile, implied simile, and symbol. These distinctions in terminology are then dropped for the remainder of the book, and the terms are used almost interchangeably. Even if there were no questions of the effectiveness... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 8, 1963, p. 737-737
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2992, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 11:12:12 PM

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