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Afraid of poetry? Unable to make sense of a poem, let alone enjoy it? Having trouble discussing the web of meanings within a poem or, worse, writing about it? Confused by the kooky critical terms readers and teachers keep throwing around? Fear no longer! Literary powerhouse Gwee Li Sui takes you from the baby steps of close reading to its finer, more moving moments. He disc Afraid of poetry? Unable to make sense of a poem, let alone enjoy it? Having trouble discussing the web of meanings within a poem or, worse, writing about it? Confused by the kooky critical terms readers and teachers keep throwing around? Fear no longer! Literary powerhouse Gwee Li Sui takes you from the baby steps of close reading to its finer, more moving moments. He discusses with rare energising generosity two kinds of poems: the “unseen poem” – the bane of many a student – and the scariest of verse for Singaporean readers, a poem by another Singaporean! This book assumes nothing, starting with the basics. It aims to help you find your inner posture, grasp what a poem is and does, learn the critical language, and write competently. The book further comes jam-packed with exercises for you to work on alone or with a few friends… Read it as a guide, use it in the classroom, or argue with it in a reading group. Take on the challenge of FEAR NO POETRY! – and get ready to toughen your skills in close analysis as a new world of poetry and life explodes!


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Afraid of poetry? Unable to make sense of a poem, let alone enjoy it? Having trouble discussing the web of meanings within a poem or, worse, writing about it? Confused by the kooky critical terms readers and teachers keep throwing around? Fear no longer! Literary powerhouse Gwee Li Sui takes you from the baby steps of close reading to its finer, more moving moments. He disc Afraid of poetry? Unable to make sense of a poem, let alone enjoy it? Having trouble discussing the web of meanings within a poem or, worse, writing about it? Confused by the kooky critical terms readers and teachers keep throwing around? Fear no longer! Literary powerhouse Gwee Li Sui takes you from the baby steps of close reading to its finer, more moving moments. He discusses with rare energising generosity two kinds of poems: the “unseen poem” – the bane of many a student – and the scariest of verse for Singaporean readers, a poem by another Singaporean! This book assumes nothing, starting with the basics. It aims to help you find your inner posture, grasp what a poem is and does, learn the critical language, and write competently. The book further comes jam-packed with exercises for you to work on alone or with a few friends… Read it as a guide, use it in the classroom, or argue with it in a reading group. Take on the challenge of FEAR NO POETRY! – and get ready to toughen your skills in close analysis as a new world of poetry and life explodes!

31 review for Fear No Poetry!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Apollos

    This book is a really useful guide for those who are interested to learn how to effectively close read poems. After Secondary Two, I didn’t take Literature and so I lost touch with poetry which I realise I am actually quite interested in. I am glad I decided to pick up this book to educate myself about the analysis of poems and after reading this book, I can say that I feel confident enough to pick up poetry books and read them without the fear of not understanding them. This book has opened my e This book is a really useful guide for those who are interested to learn how to effectively close read poems. After Secondary Two, I didn’t take Literature and so I lost touch with poetry which I realise I am actually quite interested in. I am glad I decided to pick up this book to educate myself about the analysis of poems and after reading this book, I can say that I feel confident enough to pick up poetry books and read them without the fear of not understanding them. This book has opened my eyes to the beauty of poetry that is conveyed not just through words alone, but also through the poem’s tone, persona, structure etc. Poems are so beautiful and full of life and I can’t wait to apply the skills I have learnt in this book to reading more poetry! P.S. I really like how this book has an entire section on Singaporean poems. You can’t really find it anywhere else! 4.5/5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ayla Tan

    Highly useful as a guide in reading and studying poetry be it as an individual or as an educator. The section on defining what Poetry is truly resonated and struck a chord within me. The suggested activities also seem worth an attempt for use in the classroom setting, some of which I will be attempting to implement in the upcoming semester. A fruitful read.

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