-- User's guide -- A comprehensive biography of the poet -- Detailed thematic analysis of each poem -- Extracts from major critical essays that discuss important aspects of each poem -- A complete bibliography of the writer's poetic works -- A list of critical works about the poet and his works -- An index of themes and ideas in the author's work
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Gr 9 Up-To offer students such delicious meals (Homer and Homeric criticism) cooked down to pabulum is offensive. This slim research and study guide, which includes biographical data, thematic analyses of both The Iliad and The Odyssey, and a couple of bibliographies, tries to be intellectual and nonreader compliant at the same time. It begins with a promising introduction but whatever value it may have quickly evaporates into some kind of quasi-watered-down reference work. Are there actually students capable of following "Andrew Ford on Poetry and Belatedness" or "W. B. Stanford on the Ambiguity of the Odysseus Figure" even in these predigested forms, but incapable of following the basic plot of Homer's epics? Recommend the "Modern Critical Views" series (Chelsea) or the "Twentieth Century Views" (Prentice Hall) to students who want analytical articles in one volume.
Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
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"Excellent guides for the serious poetry research student" -Book Report
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Book Description Chelsea House Publications, 2001. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0791059383
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