This chapter discusses poetry and provides a rhetoric perspective for viewing poetry. Modern readers seem to be unwilling to view poetry using such a perspective, believing that poetry required the use of language in ways that are not entirely explicable in rational terms. It is possible that this attitude stemmed from the attitude towards poets during the 19th century. In this chapter, the discussion shows that writing, reading, and appreciating poetry not only requires its own skills, but also skills of traditional rhetoric.
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