This is a guide for all readers of poetry who might find themselves confused by the distinction between a metaphor and a metonymy or baffled by the difference between iambic and trochaic verse. This is an accessible and clearly written textbook for both the student and the general reader seeking to understand how poetry works. Stracham and Terry provide a lively route map through some of the more daunting and technical aspects of poetry, poetic sound effects and the visual appearance of poetry. The book's discussion of poetic terminology is allied to illustrative readings that demonstrate how poets have used these techniques. Beginning with a chapter which addresses the question of "what is a poem?" and also offers an historical overview of the development of English poetry and concluding with a concise glossary of poetical terms.
John Strachan is Professor of English at the University of Sunderland. Richard Terry is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Northumbria University, having previously worked for many years at the University of Sunderland. He has written numerous articles on aspects of eighteenth-century literature, as well as producing major studies on literary historiography, mock-heroic writing, and the allegation of plagiarism during the period.