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Interesting entry on the new, fourth edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics. Professor Sandra Bermann, among others, explains how she approached the writing of her entry for the encyclopedia.

When Bermann set out to write her entry, she knew she would have to decide carefully what to include in her 6,000-word essay. “Since there is no way to detail all the many sorts of love poetry that have existed across the globe from earliest times to the present, I decided to offer some broader conceptions of the genre, as well as a number of more localized conventions, themes and examples. I wanted the piece to be informative and intriguing, encouraging the reader to explore this delightful topic independently,” she said.

via Princeton University – Two millennia of poetry, ‘making a statement’ in the 21st century.

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