Fear No Poetry! The Essential Guide to Close Reading
Author: Gwee Li Sui
Format: Paperback 200 pages
Level: Teacher Resources
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!
About the Author
Born in 1970, Gwee Li Sui is a literary critic, a poet, and a graphic artist. His first book Myth of the Stone, written and drawn at the age of twenty-one, was Singapore’s first full-length graphic novel in English. Although it was met with critical silence back in 1993, it has returned in a popular, special, twentieth-anniversary edition published by Epigram Books in 2013. He also wrote a book of funny verse Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, which Landmark Books published in 1998, and his book of love poems One Thousand and One Nightswas just released by the same publisher. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, Gwee has written essays on a broad range of cultural subjects and is well-loved for his instruction in Singaporean literature and, in particular, Singaporean poetry. He is also the editor of Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011), all published by Ethos Books.