The Poetry of Literature is the poetics book in the Classic Literature Level of the Michael Clay Thompson English Language Arts Curriculum.
Thompson shows how the great novelists of English and American classics used the poetic devices employed by the greatest poets. He provides abundant examples of their use, many pulled from the novels in the trilogies of this curriculum. Among the devices he explores are how the novelists used silence, rhythm and meter, alliteration, assonance and consonance, and stopped consonants.
The poetics strand of the language arts curriculum is one of its great strengths and a source of beauty and joy for many students. The Poetry of Literature is so powerful an addition to the poetics strand that every student should read it, even those who have finished the curriculum or who have advanced beyond this level. It is a book not to be missed—by students and even more so by teachers and parents.
This digital version features audio by author Michael Clay Thompson reciting numerous poems.
Featured novelists include Herman Melville, Kenneth Grahame, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, James M.Barrie, Charles Dickens, H.G.Wells, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edith Wharton, George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.