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Title:
Masterplots II. Poetry series.
Author:
Jason, Philip K., 1941-
Edition:
Revised edition / editor, Philip K. Jason ; project editor, Tracy Iron-Georges.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
8 volumes (xxii, 4462 pages, 83 unnumbered pages) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed.: Masterplots two / Frank Northen Magill, 1992-1998.
Language:
English
Contents:
[v.] 1. "A"-Brief pause in the organ recital -- [v.] 2. Briggflatts-Dreams of the animals -- [v.] 3. The drunken boat-Heritage -- [v.] 4. Hero and leander-The listeners -- [v.] 5. Listening to the music of Arsenio Rodriguez-On my first son -- [v.] 6. On poetry: a rhapsody-Sketch for an aesthetic project -- [v.] 7. Skipper Ireson's ride-Translations -- [v.] 8. The translucent mechanics-Zone, Indexes.
ISBN:
9781587650376

9781587650383

9781587650390

9781587650406

9781587650413

9781587650420

9781587650437

9781587650444

9781587650451
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Summary

Summary

This updated eight-volume set contains new entries on poems by classic writers including Geoffrey Chaucer,John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, and contemporary poets including Marge Piercy, Robert Bly, Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich and Margaret Atwood. Each article begins with ready-reference information that includes the author's name and date of birth (and death if applicable) and the date of the poem's first publication. For poems first published in a foreign language, the original title and date are given, as well as well as the name and date of the original collection and of the English translation. A summary is followed by two sections that explore the workin depth. ""Forms and Devices"" examines the poetic devices employed and explores such concepts as language choice, meter, rhyme, point of view, symbolism, and other literary techniques. ""Themes and Meanings"" analyzes the main focus of the poetry and the poet's overriding concerns; this section often provides context by relating the work at hand to the poet's larger body of work. All essays carry a byline.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This set supersedes the six-volume Masterplots 2: Poetry Series(1992) and the three-volume Masterplots 2: Poetry Series Supplement (1998). It contains 1,385 signed entries written by scholars on individual poems, arranged alphabetically by poem title and ranging in length from three to five pages apiece. Each entry begins with the author's name and life span, the type of poem, and the date the poem was originally published. For foreign-language poems, the original date and title are given along with the name and date of the English translation. Following this introduction is a plot summary section called "The Poem" followed by a section on "Forms and Devices," which examines poetic devices such as meter, rhyme, point of view, symbolism, or language choice. Finally, each entry concludes with a section on "Themes and Meanings," which analyzes the main focus of the poem and provides a context in which to place the work. As in the old editions, there is a bibliography at the back of the last volume (now updated) with general and specific author sources; title and author indexes; a "Type of Poem" index; and a list of contributing reviewers and their affiliations. In addition, two new reader aids have been added to the revised edition: a geographical and ethnic index and a glossary of terms. The majority of poems included are English language, but there are also a significant number of foreign-language poems. As with other Masterplots series, the poem analysis is general, yet insightful, and can aid the befuddled poem interpreter tremendously in understanding the basic import of a poem. Libraries owning the original and supplementalvolumes may be hesitant to update because there are only 271 entirely new entries. This means that only about 20 percent of the content is entirely new (although 29 new poets do make an appearance in this edition). No poems analyzed in Masterplots, Revised Second Edition(Salem, 1996) are duplicated here, but the handful of poems from that series are indexed in the back of volume 8. Examples of new poems explicated in this edition include classics like Elizabeth Bishop's "Filling Station" and "Sestina" and Robert Frost's "Out, Out--" and "The Gift Outright" as well as contemporary poems such as Adrienne Rich's "Living in Sin" and "Trying to Talk with a Man" and N. Scott Momaday's "Earth and I Gave You Turquoise." This edition, like all of the Masterplots series, is written in readable language best suited for high-school and undergraduate students. Poem analysis this foundational at the individual title level is difficult to come by; series like Gale's Poetry Criticism tend to survey an author's entire repertoire and thus be too expansive, and The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century(Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001) [RBB Fe 1 02] only analyzes selected "landmark" poems specific to time and place. Recommended for public, school, and academic collections that can afford it. RBB.


Library Journal Review

This revised edition of Masterplots II: Poetry Series (1992) and its supplement (1998) contains 1,386 essays, 271 of which are new. No essays were repeated from the 12-volume Masterplots: Revised Second Edition (1996). The poems selected are those most often taught or featured in poetry anthologies. As in previous editions, the coverage is broad, with important poets of all historical periods and nationalities represented. The new essays feature important contemporary works by poets such as Maya Angelou, Eamon Grennan, James Merrill, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, and Wislawa Szymborska, as well as classic poems neglected in the earlier edition. The signed entries are arranged alphabetically by title, and each includes a header listing the author's name and dates and the date of the poem's first appearance. (For foreign poems, the original title and date are given, along with the name and date of the original source and the English translation.) The text gives facts about form and structure, dramatic situation, and action; offers an in-depth examination of the literary techniques used; and analyzes the main ideas in the poem and relates it to the poet's other works. The poems are indexed by title, author, and type; new to this edition is the "Geographical and Ethnic Index" at the end of Volume 8. A glossary and a completely revised bibliography, including author bibliographies, are also included. With sturdy bindings, durable covers, and good paper, these volumes will stand up to heavy use. All these features make this work a particularly useful addition to the reference collections of libraries supporting secondary students and undergraduates, though libraries holding the earlier edition will have to decide if the 271 new essays are worth the rather steep price. Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.