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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I am captivated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've always wanted to know more about poetry, how it works in different ways and why one type of poetry is so different from another. I have always been slightly intimidated by the rules and codes about this form of storytelling and although I have dabbled in the past, I have never really given my attention to it - until now!

I found this book/course by Michael Drout to be compelling and exciting and I listened to it in 3 days in between other busy activities. I didn't understand it all and didn't look at the notes at the time but now intend to listen again this week, read the literature that comes with it and makes notes on what I now understood and what remains unclear.

I now feel I can read poetry with much improved confidence and I feel inspired to learn more about poetry and the poets that speak to me.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be captivated by poetry and how to understand it better.


Any additional comments?

The only element missing in the book for me was a more in depth analysis of the meanings of some of the poetry. I would have loved to hear a greater interpretation of some of the poems and their less obvious hidden meanings and the devices used by the poets. I appreciate that would have made the book much longer (fine by me) or perhaps this could be the subject of the next piece by Michael Drout!

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- Mr G.

Enjoyed a Lot!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Way with Words IV to be better than the print version?

For me it would be, but there is also accompanying reference material via the website.


What did you like best about this story?

Not a story. It really gave me some helpful impressions of noteworthy poets, throughout the history of poetry.


Have you listened to any of Michael Drout’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's always so excited & impassioned about his subject matter that I would be encouraged to try out listening to another audiobook even if if wasn't an area i had previously thought to seek out.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - Far too long & I would also go off to further research some of the mentioned poets.


Any additional comments?

A book I will come back to over time & listen to relevant parts.

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- Ms

Book Details

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