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Poetry, Drama & Criticism

Find books on poetry and drama as well as critical reviews of the arts
Focuses on the main idea, tells a story, resonates emotionally, paints a visual picture.
Poetry is a form that expresses emotions, Drama, presents the actions and words
An essay, an article, a journal is to record, a letter is to respond

Take your time and enjoy browsing the selection of poetry books, new and old, including poetry anthologies and classic poetry. From Shakespeare's plays to Sylvia Plath's poetry, you'll also find books on popular plays and drama books as well as books on literary theory and criticism. Browse the full range of Poetry & Drama books for kids, anthologies & dramas.

"You can't plan on the heart," Frank O'Hara once wrote, "but/the better part of it, my poetry, is open. "Poetry captures what's so often ungraspable, articulates what's so often hard to put into words, expresses our outrage and our pain and our love, and gives us the tools to praise the sublime. We are connected soul to soul by stanzas and verses.

Poetry is perhaps even more important now, in an unprecedented time of loneliness, of missed connections. As author Maggie Smith tells Oprah Daily, "It’s been a claustrophobic year—our lives shrank considerably—but poetry is about expansiveness. During difficult times like these, I turn to poems to be reminded of all that is possible." Yet also, observes Alex Dimitrov, whose latest collection Love and Other Poems came out in February, "Poetry helps me all the time, regardless of what's going on in the world. Because poetry is its own life force that comes from the imagination."

The Best Poetry Books

The Wilderness by Sandra Lim

Soft Science by Franny Choi

Plain water by Anne Carson

Blud by Rachel McKibben's

Mary wants to be a Superwoman by Erica Lewis

Her Mouth as Souvenir by Heather June Gibbons

Sons of Achilles by Nabila Lovelace.

On the contrary, poetry actually improves a person's literature and has an effect on one's literature knowledge and how well-read they sound. Most poetry includes very beautiful language. Reading poetry can actually help one in how well they write. Poetry also helps, as mentioned above, with how empathetic one can be.

The drama genre is strongly based on a character, or characters, that are in conflict at a crucial moment in their lives. Most dramas revolve around families and often have tragic or painful resolutions.

Dramas are stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotions are expressed through dialogue and actions. Examples of drama are Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

In my mind, a human drama is a novel that presents us with characters we can believe in, themselves faced with situations that are realistic, often challenging, and generates within the reader a real sense of engagement, mentally and emotionally, so much so that by the end of the book you really feel as though you are

Literary criticism is the term given to studies that define, classify, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of literature. There are many types of literary criticism: Moral Criticism, Dramatic Construction

Such analysis may be based on a variety of critical approaches or movements, e.g. archetypal criticism, cultural criticism, feminist criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, Marxist Criticism, New Criticism (formalism/structuralism), New Historicism, post-structuralism, and reader-response criticism.

Criticism

  • Moral Criticism, Dramatic Construction (~360 BC-present)
  • Formalism, New Criticism, Neo-Aristotelian Criticism (1930s-present)
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism, Jungian Criticism(1930s-present)
  • Marxist Criticism (1930s-present)
  • Reader-Response Criticism (1960s-present)

Poetry, Drama & Criticism

  • Drama
  • Essays, Journals & Letters
  • History & Criticism
  • Literary Reference
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare, William