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The Language of Poetry

This accessible satellite textbook in the Routledge INTERTEXT series is unique in offering students hands-on practical experience of textual analysis focused on poetry. Written in a clear, user-friendly style by an experienced writer and practising teacher, it links practical activities with examples of texts. These are followed by commentaries and suggestions for research. It can be used individually or in conjunction with the series core textbook, Working with Texts: A core book for language analysis. Aimed at A-Level and beginning undergraduate students, The Language of Poetry: focuses on the ‘look, the sound, the movement and the appeal of poetry uses clusters of poems to highlight differences in structure, tone, quality and form explores historical, contemporary, regional and social differences in…

Jade Peony

This excerpt from “The Jade Peony” by Wayson Choi conveys the mystery and insightful fear of the unknown of a young boy who has just lost his mother. Although the passage refrains from giving sufficient details, the reader is still able to understand the essentials of the situation: A young boy is lying in a bed with his dying mother and is then taken into the care of a family friend. The reader confirms the death of the mother with the narrator’s description of the “rigid arms” (line 8), which implies the limpness of the mother’s lifeless arms, and the boy’s realization that “my mommy’s voice…would never say again…” (lines 23-24). Also, from the apparent urgency and, perhaps, panic of…