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  • Coverage of more than 500 poets
  • More than 6,000 reviews and essays
  • Reproduces nearly 95% of the print content
  • Browse by author or title
  • Covers all time periods

 

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Each of the more than 100 volumes in this long-standing series profiles approximately three to six poets selected from the literatures of all eras and all parts of the world. Entries provide an introductory biographical essay, a primary bibliography, a selection of full-text or excerpted criticisms reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals, and sources for additional research. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many entries include an author portrait.

The series currently covers more than 500 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on individual works. Nearly 95% of critical essays from the print series are reproduced in full in this online version, which combines multiple search and browse options with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Summary: Each volume of this reference provides a selection of critical essays as well as biographical information on three to six major poets from all eras and all parts of the world. When available, comments from the poets themselves are included.

Significance: Poetry Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world’s most renowned poets and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genre and its creators. Although poets and poetry are also covered in the Gale Literature Criticism series Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, and Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism offers a more focused attention on poetry than is possible in the broader, survey-oriented entries in those series.

Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about poets and their works. Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the genre will find this a highly useful resource.

Source: Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject-matter experts. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.

Structure: Each entry features:

  • An Introduction explaining the significance of the author or work and reviewing their critical reception across time. Author entries include a brief biography and a discussion and bibliography of major works; entries on individual works include a discussion of major themes as well as a plot summary and review of the textual history as appropriate.
  • A set of full text critical essays, reviews or other critical responses, selected to provide a representative sampling of the range of critical responses over time
  • Suggested sources for further reading

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Significant criticism combines with authoritative biographical and bibliographical content to create a complete picture of influential poets spanning centuries and continents.

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