Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes
At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment--including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies--than conventional handbooks or dictionaries.
This is a book that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without.
- Thoroughly revised and updated by a new editorial team for twenty-first-century students, scholars, and poets
- More than 250 new entries cover recent terms, movements, and related topics
- Broader international coverage includes articles on the poetries of more than 110 nations, regions, and languages
- Expanded coverage of poetries of the non-Western and developing worlds
- Updated bibliographies and cross-references
- New, easier-to-use page design
- Fully indexed for the first time
Roland Greene is the Mark Pigott OBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Clare Cavanagh is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. Jahan Ramazani is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Paul F. Rouzer is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota.
Praise for previous editions: "An extraordinarily helpful volume that will save untold hours of reference time for the student, the general reader, and the literary scholar."--Modern Language Journal
Praise for previous editions: "The standard source for information on the history and criticism of poetry and poetic technique and theory."--Booklist
Praise for previous editions: "Should delight browsers and scholars alike. A must for all libraries."--Choice
Praise for previous editions: "As essential for any working poet as a good dictionary."--Writer's Digest
Praise for previous editions: "A reference work of distinction which all who work in the field of literary studies will find extremely useful if not, indeed, indispensable."--Classical Journal
Praise for previous editions: "Provides one-stop shopping for the needs that formerly demanded a round of reference roulette among a handbook of poetic forms, a dictionary of literary terms, and a manual of rhetoric."--Yale Review
Praise for previous editions: "It is all it sets out to be, accurate, informative, inclusive, illuminating, invaluable, with entries on Estonian Poetry, Poulter's Measure, Poetic Madness, and even OULIPO--and I thought I could catch them out there."--Thom Gunn, Threepenny Review
Praise for previous editions: "This is one book that genuinely deserves to be called 'essential.' "--MultiCultural Review
Table of Contents:
Topical List of Entries xv
Bibliographical Abbreviations xxiii
General Abbreviations xxvii
Entries A to Z 1