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An intelligent yet playful look at some of the most teasing and mystifying puzzles at the heart of our greatest poemsPart of the pleasure of poetry is unraveling the mysteries and difficulties it contains and solving the puzzles that lie within Who for instance is Shelley's Ozymandias What is the L. It s interesting to compare this to the other recent book I read about poetry Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder Both authors are poets themselves but where the American Zapruder want s to pull down the barriers that stop ordinary people appreciating poetry Fuller an Oxford don resolutely builds them back up Poems are puzzles to be decoded according to Fuller who then goes on to decode a bunch of them in virtuoso style building on his long years of expertise in a way that is impressive but would be impossible for others There s pleasure to be gained from this for sure but he also has the air of a stuffy pedant and he pretty much exclusively cleaves to the male canon so you ll get plenty of Browning and Arnold and Eliot and co and just the occasional passing reference to a female poets This was published in 2011 but it could easily have been published in 1961

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Who Is Ozymandias?

Ewis Carroll's Snark Who is Wallace Stevens's Emperor of Ice Cream Or indeed who is you in a poem In this perceptive and playful new book an acclaimed poet looks at some of the greatest poems and considers the number of individual puzzles at their heart casting light on how we should approach th. Picked this up in the local library whilst Tilly and Tess were choosing their own options Just for the record why on Earth did i read something like this at Uni I might have had a better shot at getting a slightly better grade for Wyn Thomas s class

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Ese conundrums as readers From riddling to double entendres mysterious titles to red herrings Fuller unpicks the puzzles in works that range from Browning to Bishop Empson to Eliot Shelley to Stevens to help the reader reach the rewards and revelations that lie at the center of some best loved poem. I enjoyed this in parts but perhaps a little scholarly for light reading I might go back to it at a later date and read all the poems properly and learn a bit about some of the poets as there were a few I had no idea about


8 thoughts on “Who Is Ozymandias?

  1. says:

    Sadly I found this book deterred me from reading poetry rather than encouraging me The tone throughout is rather school masterly and supercillious a bit like someone who can do the Times Crossword puzzle in ten minutes patiently providing his readers with the benefit of his wisdom and intellect There seems no room in his understanding of poetry for an emotional response

  2. says:

    It's interesting to compare this to the other recent book I read about poetry Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder Both authors are poets themselves but where the American Zapruder want's to pull down the barriers that stop ordinary people appreciating poetry Fuller an Oxford don resolutely builds them back up Poems ar

  3. says:

    Picked this up in the local library whilst Tilly and Tess were choosing their own options Just for the record why on Earth did i read something like this at Uni? I might have had a better shot at getting a slightly better grade for Wyn Thomas's class

  4. says:

    Giving up really rather than finished I found it worthwhile and interesting for the first third and then it felt as though the ideas had run out and it was just a list of other things about other poems strung together to ma

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this in parts but perhaps a little scholarly for light reading I might go back to it at a later date and read all the poems properly and learn a bit about some of the poets as there were a few I had no idea about

  6. says:

    Interesting This book definitely grew on me while much of the opening went over my head whether due to interest or my mood the latter parts of the book were memorable and useful though I doubt I'll remember many of the actual poems it discusses Some fascinating discussion of titles Waste Land not Wasteland and form Definitely made me think differently about 'puzzles' in poetry from the use of pronouns to how c

  7. says:

    Interesting early chapters on the mystery of poetry and the use of riddles in poetry

  8. says:

    The poem isn't a puzzle to the poetBut reading for pleasure has its joysThe sound of the songShort epic or longRemembering emotions