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Traces hundreds of sayings, mottoes, and maxims to their roots in poetry by writers including Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Yeats, and Frost.


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Traces hundreds of sayings, mottoes, and maxims to their roots in poetry by writers including Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Yeats, and Frost.

30 review for Brush Up Your Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I read Chaucer, but who knew he introduced so many sayings into English (many common or stolen)? Macrone did. Perhaps I was told by my English teachers way back, but I must have forgotten. Same is true for so much in this book. I read quite a few of these poems from Shakespeare to modern, but there were a lot of things new to me in them. I think I knew Shakespeare often wrote about some beautiful boy he knew. Most of the poetry is actually fragments of popular sections, but no matter, you will p I read Chaucer, but who knew he introduced so many sayings into English (many common or stolen)? Macrone did. Perhaps I was told by my English teachers way back, but I must have forgotten. Same is true for so much in this book. I read quite a few of these poems from Shakespeare to modern, but there were a lot of things new to me in them. I think I knew Shakespeare often wrote about some beautiful boy he knew. Most of the poetry is actually fragments of popular sections, but no matter, you will pick up a few things, even if you are a dedicated poetry reader. Macrone's style may put off some people, but it was aimed at younger readers and an attempt to be "cool" (written 20 years ago). I enjoyed this refresher. His specialty was apparently Shakespeare, so I will try and pick up the companion book on his works.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Liston

    This is the sort of book to keep out and reread, as it is too much to absorb completely in the first go-round. It is a basic overview of the major English language poets starting with Chaucer, featuring poems containing famous quotes. Now I had at least heard of all of these poets, but darned if I knew the origins of all these quotes, some of which I use all the time. I was quite amazed at my ignorance, and I feel a lot smarter now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    A perfect bathroom tome, this non-book (as they were once called) is fun reading about phrases that began in English language poems then became common figures of speech. Macrone stretches points on occasion to include phrases I had never heard before, but that does not negate the enjoyment I had from this book. Do not gulp many pages at once or the content will not stay with you. This one is best savored by sipping.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth Robinson

    I read this book in bits and pieces, which matched the way it was written. Macrone presents snippets of poetry spanning English and American literary history that also have embedded within them some familiar sayings from today. By including a handful of lines, the reader gets a flavor for the piece, and by including context, the reader learns a bit about the literature, the author, and the intent. I was familiar with most of the poets and some of the sections and it was nice to revisit them. The I read this book in bits and pieces, which matched the way it was written. Macrone presents snippets of poetry spanning English and American literary history that also have embedded within them some familiar sayings from today. By including a handful of lines, the reader gets a flavor for the piece, and by including context, the reader learns a bit about the literature, the author, and the intent. I was familiar with most of the poets and some of the sections and it was nice to revisit them. The context sections were plainly written and easy to understand. I liked it as a dip into the span of English poetry when I didn't feel like going further but I think it would also serve as an introduction.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I don't remember reading this before today. I certainly understood more of it than I would have twenty years ago if that's when I read it. The author speaks clearly, but with a bit of tongue in cheek, the kind of literary criticism I need to understand something as foreign to me as poetry. I don't remember reading this before today. I certainly understood more of it than I would have twenty years ago if that's when I read it. The author speaks clearly, but with a bit of tongue in cheek, the kind of literary criticism I need to understand something as foreign to me as poetry.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diana

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    Liz

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    Julie

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    Terry Fernandes

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

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    Shaeda

  12. 5 out of 5

    MikeS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  14. 4 out of 5

    C-A

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

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    Nicci

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bunga Maharani

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  19. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Excell

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

  21. 5 out of 5

    Misercord

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ella

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  25. 4 out of 5

    KU2

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ash Friend

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marius

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

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