In A Way with Words I, II, and III, Professor Michael D.C. Drout increased listeners' understanding of the way literature works, of the rhetoric that in many ways defines people's lives, and of the intricacies of grammar, all while maintaining a lively tone that conveys the professor's infectious enthusiasm for the subject. In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.
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by Michael Drout
"Professor Drout believes the best way to appreciate poetry is to study its structure; that is, its metrical and rhyme patterns. The meaning is inseparable from the form. Concentrating on verse in English, he presents his study in an ersatz historical order, starting with Old English and working his way down to today's seemingly formless verse. He has a youthful voice and an awkward informality that make him sound a bit like a geeky freshman. He reads representative selections floridly but without the finesse that could communicate aesthetic values. In the end, he does not convince the listener that the poems he admires are as profound and artful as he believes them to be. Y.R. 2010 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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