A Way with Words IV

  • by Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by Michael Drout
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In A Way with Words I, II, and III, Professor Michael D.C. Drout increased listeners' understanding of the way literature works, of the rhetoric that in many ways defines people's lives, and of the intricacies of grammar, all while maintaining a lively tone that conveys the professor's infectious enthusiasm for the subject. In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.

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Drout Rules!

Gotta love Drout - such a great teacher. This installment of the Modern Scholar explain poetry very clearly for the uninformed (like me). Best is the explanation of iambic pentameter, meter, etc. The only problem I have is that he devoted almost a whole lecture to John Donne and spent only 4 minutes on Milton - even though the chapter was entitled Milton. But that aside - Drout still rules!
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- B. Leddy

Get your facts straight

What would have made A Way with Words IV better?

If the "professor" actually knew which poets wrote which poems


What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing from this series


Any additional comments?

The *professor* refers to Keats THREE times when discussing Ode to the West Wind which is actually written by Shelley. Dude, get your poets straight. If you're going to lecture on a poem you should at least know who wrote it.....

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- Louise L Hoelscher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books