Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970. First Edition. Second Impression. Paperback. Used - Good/ Very Good. Spine is faded with sticker damage. Light creasing along hinge. Some edgewear and light rubbing to wrap. Toned and foxed. Light annotations in pencil to first 1/4 of pages. Binding is tight. B/W diagrams. Bibliography. Index. 13 x 20 cm. 289 pp. Item #11550
In Poetic Closure, distinguished literary scholar Barbara Herrnstein Smith explores the provocative question: How do poems end? To answer it, Smith examines numerous individual poems and examples of common poetic forms in order to reveal the relationship between closure and the overall structure and integrity of a poem. First published in 1968, Smith’s book remains essential reading in poetic theory.
“Ranging from Elizabethan lyric through free and syllabic verse and concrete poetry, Poetic Closure is a learned, witty, and richly illustrated study of the behavior of poems. . . . It can be read, enjoyed, studied by people who like reading poetry, including—I would suspect—poets.”—Richard M. Elman, New York Times Book Review.