Poetry and Humanity develops and expands the Michael Clay Thompson Poetics Program. It is built on the theme of understanding humanity and our existence. It shows how poets push language to its maximum in order to express those things about humanity that are most true, or difficult, or subtle. Longer and more challenging poems are used as examples.
Topics from the previous volumes of the poetics program are included in more detail. Additional topics include:
Advanced rhymes: half-double rhyme, elided rhyme, amphisbaenic rhyme, reverse rhyme, half rhyme
Advanced meter: from monometer to octameter
Stanza: heroic couplet, terza rima, villanelle, quintet, sestet, octet, submerged sonnet
Figures of speech: metonymy, synecdoche, oxymoron
Poets quoted include Thomas Hardy, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Henry Longfellow, Algernon Swinburne, W.B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Cowper, W.S. Gilbert, Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, and G.J. Chesterton.
Additional digital book features: interactive reviews, interactive activities, and audio of Michael Clay Thomson as he recites many of the poems in this edition.