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  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 5th edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155826042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155826045
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,987,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was given a book of poetry as a gift and told to read a poem a day.
Mike Hayden
This book will allow you to read better, write better, and you will have the best collection of poems assembled.
Godfrey T. Degamo
There is a pretty good glossary in the back and some of the information is useful.
leigha

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on June 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This textbook stematically explores poetic form and structure. This approach could have been quite limiting, but Perrine manages to analyze poetry without undermining his central message: poetry is to be enjoyed.

I highly recommend this book to both readers new to poetry and those that already have considerable familiarity with the major poets.

A ninth edition is available, but with a title change. Sound and Sense is now Perrine's Sound and Sense. Look for more reviews under this new title (ISBN 0155030280).
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Godfrey T. Degamo on October 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read an early version of this book.
This books is a great book for readers and writers of poems.
Most chapters focus on a particular poetical device, meter, allusions, connotations, and denotations, musical elements. Poems are picked for each chapter which help to highlight that device. Later chapters show how 'more complex' poems put it all together. Questions are given at the end of poems about that poem or particular device. You might get a question like why did the poet use 'sweat' instead or 'perspiration' Many of the questions require deep thought, many of the answers are far from clear-cut, or so straight forward. Just like the poems, it requires thinking over and over about it. This is a good book to use in class or in a reading group. You'll have many enjoyable conversations with a partner. In the end, you will be able to appreciate poems that you read, and break down the poem and see how it works, and why it works from a purely technical standpoint, and not that pretentious touchy-feely analysis you get from day dreamers.
It is much like a professional musician that can break down a composition and tell you how it works and why you feel the way you do at certain times.
The poetical world is much like that of the highschool music world in one sense; many garage rockstar wannabees shy away from learning any theory for fear that it would hold back their creativity. The same holds for poetry, and you may be afraid too. Do not be. I've seen many smug music beginners with this attitude spend the next 10 years reinventing the wheel and they don't even reinvent much, much less coming up with any 'profoundly new' music.
Sound and Sense will give you a very strong foundation for analyzing poems, and writing poems.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
NOTE: the edition of sound and sense that i have read is the seventh, an old copy that my father used in high school. this book is quite simply the best anthology of poetry i have ever read. as if that weren't enough, as a textbook it includes simple, elegant, and intelligent commentary to teach the basics of style, metre, etc. a great book - quite possibly the only book of poetry you'll ever need.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
A classic for Classics. Perrine's books have been, for over 25 years, every student's skeleton key to poetry and every instructor's godsend. As I re-enter college and the teaching field Mr.Perrine's works make reacquaintance with the Greats like meeting your best friend's family for the first time. SOUND AND SENSE leaves no stone unturned. Metrics, rhyme, imagery, metaphor or simile, they're all here. The examples are relevant and comprehensive. The explications are clear and concise with a minimum of academic folderol. You will be hard pressed to find an instructor critical of this anthology.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mikebebop on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Where has this book been all my life? Perrine's Sound and Sense is not just about poetry, it's a thorough yet concise discussion of the English language and writing. Some reviewers have panned it for offering insight to poetry--they feel that poems should not be explained but should be experienced individually. For the uninitiated though, some direction is often desired. At times Perrine's does not offer enough explanation for me. Many of the notes on the poems offer only a smidgen of insight but do proffer several questions to generate thought and discussion. These questions do often provide clues to a poem's meaning. I'm still guessing about many of the poems, but at least now, I think I'm on the right track.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hayden on January 27, 2011
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I'm not a fan of poetry. In fact, that's why this book was recommended
to me. I've written and published 10s of thousands of pages of technical
material (left brain stuff).

I was given a book of poetry as a gift and told to read a poem a day.
After, about 30 days of a-poem-a-day, I was pretty much fed up with
poetry. When I complained to a friend, he recommended Sound and
Sense (S&S), which I bought immediately.

So, now I combine S&S with a poem-a-day, so I am learning a little
each day. S&S gives me more patience and understanding. I am also
learning more about how to combine words to create right brain
experiences, as opposed to left brain "how-to."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is divided into chapters that each concentrate on one element of poetry such as tone or metaphor. Each chapter presents a few famous poems, comments about the topic, and some exercises to help you learn the topic. The book includes an extra helping of classic poetry at the end of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
While attending a community college in1972 I took a literature class in which this book was used. I have never regretted it.. In fact I still recall quite a few poems we had studied and have a much better appreciation for poetry from using it.
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