The Uses of Poetry

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CUP Archive, 20.07.1978 - 238 Seiten
This is an account of the part played by poetry in the life of man from earliest times to the present. Older than prose, it was the vehicle for his technology, history, philosophy and science; it helped him feel at home in his environment; it was the social element between him and his fellows. Mr Thompson explores these many facets in the earlier chapters of his book, and then goes on to consider the impact of printing when in his view poetry became subtler but ceased to be a popular possession. However, as Mr Thompson shows, poetry could still be of value in helping people to cope with the strains of living, in assimilating the implications of vast new fields of knowledge, and in keeping alive the idea of humanity in a dehumanising age.
 

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Preface page
1
In the beginning
19
Rites bards ballads
43
Rites myths and epics
51
Ballad and folk song
63
Maid of all work
70
Patriotism and politics
112
Dissent and protest
137
The printed poem
173
Uses of poetry
194
Bibliography
226
Index
235
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