The Making of a Poem

A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
Author: Mark Strand,Eavan Boland
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393321784
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 366
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Provides a detailed explanation of the different forms of poetry--sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, etc.--and explains their origin, traces their history, and provides examples for each form. Reprint.

The Making of a Sonnet

A Norton Anthology
Author: Edward Hirsch,Eavan Boland
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393333534
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 510
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An enlightening, celebratory anthology of the most classic and enduring of forms edited by two major poets.

The Norton Anthology of Poetry

Full Fifth Edition
Author: Ferguson, Margaret,Salter, Mary Jo
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393979202
Category: Poetry
Page: 2256
View: 1989

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The Fifth Edition retains the flexibility and breadth of selection that has defined this classic anthology, while improved and expanded editorial apparatus make it an even more useful teaching tool.

How to Read a Poem

And Fall in Love with Poetry
Author: Edward Hirsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547543727
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you." So begins this astonishing book by one of our leading poets and critics. In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message—which is of vital importance in day-to-day life—can reach us and make a difference. For Hirsch, poetry is not just a part of life, it is life, and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions. In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read it.

Rhyme's Reason

A Guide to English Verse, Fourth Edition
Author: John Hollander
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300206291
Page: 168
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Poet John Hollander surveys the schemes, patterns, and forms of English verse in this classic text, illustrating each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In new essays for this fourth edition, J. D. McClatchy and Richard Wilbur each offer a personal take on why the book has played such an important role in the education of young poets and student scholars. “How lucky the young poet who discovers this wisest and most lighthearted of manuals.”—James Merrill “Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful, and a delight to read.”—John Reardon, Los Angeles Times Book Review “A virtuoso performance and a mandatory text for poetry readers and practioners alike.”—ALA Booklist

The Sounds of Poetry

A Brief Guide
Author: Robert Pinsky
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466878495
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 129
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The Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works. "Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing." As Poet Laureate, Pinsky is one of America's best spokesmen for poetry. In this fascinating book, he explains how poets use the "technology" of poetry--its sounds--to create works of art that are "performed" in us when we read them aloud. He devotes brief, informative chapters to accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank and free verse. He cites examples from the work of fifty different poets--from Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to W. C. Williams, Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, C. K. Williams, Louise Glück, and Frank Bidart. This ideal introductory volume belongs in the library of every poet and student of poetry.

The teachers & writers handbook of poetic forms

Author: Ron Padgett
Publisher: Teachers & Writers
ISBN: 9780915924615
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 228
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For the Handbook, 19 teaching poets have written 76 entries on traditional and modern poetic forms. The Handbook succinctly defines the forms, summarizes their histories, quotes good examples (ancient and modern, by adult and young writers), and offers professional tricks of the trade on how to use each form. New to this edition of the Handbook are: two new entries for poetic forms, a new preface, an updated bibliography, and a resource list of current audiocassettes, videocassettes, CD-ROMs, and Web sites. Padgett has revised the text throughout.

Poetic Form: An Introduction

Author: Michael D. Hurley,Michael O'Neill
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052177294X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 245
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This work provides lucid, elegant and original analyses of poetic form and its workings in a wide range of poems.

The Book of Forms

A Handbook of Poetics
Author: Lewis Turco
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584650225
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 337
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Companion to the Book of Literary Terms, an indispensable handbook, revised and updated for today's users.

The Poetry Handbook

Author: John Lennard
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191532733
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 448
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The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft, and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry, from metre to gender, offer a wide-ranging general account, and end by looking at two or three poems from a small group (including works by Donne, Elizabeth Bishop, Geoffrey Hill, and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott), to build up sustained analytical readings. Thorough and compact, with notes and quotations supplemented by detailed reference to the Norton Anthology of Poetry and a companion website with texts, links, and further discussion, The Poetry Handbook is indispensable for all school and undergraduate students of English. A final chapter addresses examinations of all kinds, and sample essays by undergraduates are posted on the website. Critical and scholarly terms are italicised and clearly explained, both in the text and in a complete glossary; the volume also includes suggestions for further reading. The first edition, widely praised by teachers and students, showed how the pleasures of poetry are heightened by rigorous understanding and made that understanding readily available. This second edition — revised, expanded, updated, and supported by a new companion website - confirm The Poetry Handbook as the best guide to poetry available in English.

The Art of Poetry

How to Read a Poem
Author: Shira Wolosky
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199707836
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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In The Art of Poetry, Shira Wolosky provides a dazzling introduction to an art whose emphasis on verbal music, wordplay, and dodging the merely literal makes it at once the most beguiling and most challenging of literary forms. A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the word, line, and image, to larger features such as verse forms and voice. In fourteen engaging, beautifully written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth how poetry does what it does while offering brilliant readings of some of the finest lyric poetry in the English and American traditions. Both readers new to poetry and poetry veterans will be moved and enlightened as Wolosky interprets work by William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others. The book includes a superb two-chapter discussion of the sonnet's form and history, and represents the first poetry guide to introduce gender as a basic element of analysis. In contrast to many existing guides, which focus on selected formal aspects like metrics or present definitions and examples in a handbook format, The Art of Poetry covers the full landscape of poetry's subtle art while showing readers how to comprehend a poetic text in all its dimensions. Other special features include Wolosky's consideration of historical background for the developments she discusses, and the way her book is designed to acquaint or reacquaint readers with the core of the lyric tradition in English. Lively, accessible, and original, The Art of Poetry will be a rich source of inspiration for students, general readers, and those who teach poetry.

Poetic Form

An Introduction
Author: David Caplan
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321198204
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 260
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Poetic Form offers a clear, compact, and entertaining introduction to the history, structure, and practice of the language's most popular verse forms. Written with humor and wit, this guide aims to convey the pleasures of poetry -- a sestina's delightful gamesmanship, an epigram's barbed wit, a haiku's deceptive simplicity -- and the fun of exploring the poetic forms. Each chapter defines a particular verse form, briefly describes its history, and offers examples. Writing exercises challenge students to utilize the forms in creative expression. Covering a wider range of forms in greater detail and with more poetic examples than similar guides on the market, it provides enough material to thoroughly introduce the language's major forms while allowing flexibility in the classroom.

The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Author: Jahan Ramazani,Richard Ellmann,Robert O'Clair
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393979787
Category: Poetry
Page: 1100
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A new edition of the acclaimed anthology—the most comprehensive collection of twentieth-century poetry in English available.

The Longman Anthology of Poetry

Author: Lynne McMahon,Averill Curdy
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Category: Poetry
Page: 1846
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This major new poetry anthology blends the best selections from the poetic tradition with a wide range of contemporary works, thematic casebooks, and engaging essays that contextualize poetry century by century. Featuring a breathtaking scope of poetry from the English-speaking world, this diverse collection brings unparalleled historical and cultural background to the study of poetry including discussions of the poetic conventions of the time and the poetic “fingerprints” of particular poets. Introductions by respected scholars provide historical context and thematic casebooks provide insight into key literary movements to demonstrate to students how to write effectively about poetry.

A Little Book on Form

An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry
Author: Robert Hass
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062332449
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 464
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An acute and deeply insightful book of essays exploring poetic form and the role of instinct and imagination within form—from former poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Robert Hass. Robert Hass—former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize—illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry in this sophisticated, graceful, and accessible volume of essays drawn from a series of lectures he delivered at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Little Book on Form brilliantly synthesizes Hass’s formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic and reflects his profound education in the art of poetry. Starting with the exploration of a single line as the basic gesture of a poem, and moving into an examination of the essential expressive gestures that exist inside forms, Hass goes beyond approaching form as a set of traditional rules that precede composition, and instead offers penetrating insight into the true openness and instinctiveness of formal creation. A Little Book on Form is a rousing reexamination of our longest lasting mode of literature from one of our greatest living poets.

Poetic Meter and Poetic Form

Author: Paul Fussell
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780075536062
Category: Poetry
Page: 190
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Excerpts from distinctive poems illustrate the author's appreciation of the metrical and formal aspects of poetry

A Poet's Craft

A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry
Author: Annie Finch
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780472116935
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 695
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A major new guide to writing and understanding poetry

A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet

Author: Eavan Boland
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393081982
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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“Boland offers encouragement to women poets of the future. . . . Her vivid imagery will beguile many.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review These inspiring essays from the celebrated poet Eavan Boland are both critical and deeply personal, revealing the adventure, passion, and struggle of becoming a woman poet. In this thematic sequel to her classic Object Lessons, Boland traces her own experiences as a woman, wife, and mother and their effect on her poetry, and she looks to a world where she can change the poetic past as well as the present.

The Essential Poet's Glossary

Author: Edward Hirsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544932099
Category: Poetry
Page: 400
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"An instant classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious poet and literature student."—Washington Post A Poet’s Glossary was an extraordinary achievement, a definitive source for poets and poetry lovers alike. Now, The Essential Poet’s Glossary gleans the very best from that extraordinary volume. ​Edward Hirsch’s sparkling new work compiles poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, including forms, devices, movements, aesthetics, rhetorical terms, and folklore. Knowing how a poem works is crucial to unlocking its meaning — entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter. Shot through with the enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made A Poet’s Glossary and How to Read a Poem so beloved, this Essential edition is the book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of poetry will return to again and again.