Continuing our #VSI25 celebration of 25 years of the 'Very Short Introduction' series, for November we're discussing truths universally acknowledged and giving you free access to the first chapter of Bernard O'Donoghue's 'Poetry: A Very Short Introduction'
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Explore the ways poetry has been defined and regarded over the ages with the first chapter of 'Poetry: A Very Short Introduction':
‘Truths universally acknowledged’ considers some of the ways poetry has been defined and regarded over the ages, and the various things that have been proposed as indispensable to it. A long-established argument is between two schools of belief about the nature of poetry and what it is for: whether its object is pleasure or something more practical...