Rules for the Dance

A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395850862

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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An introduction to the sound, rhyme, meter, and scansion of metrical poetry with examples from the Elizabethan Age to Elizabeth Bishop

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.

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.

Rhyme's Reason

A Guide to English Verse, Fourth Edition

Author: John Hollander

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300210825

Category: Literary Criticism

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

Poet's Choice

Author: Edward Hirsch

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780151013562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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A collection of revised and expanded writings culled from the author's popular Washington Post Book World "Poet's Choice" column demonstrates how poetry responds to world challenges and introduces the work of more than 130 writers. By the author of How to Read a Poem.

A Poetry Handbook

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156724005

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 130

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Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops

Transfigurations

Collected Poems

Author: Jay Wright

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807126301

Category: Poetry

Page: 640

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Few poets have as much to tell us about the intricate relationship between the African American past and present as Jay Wright. His poems weave a rich fabric of personal history using diverse materials drawn from African, Native American, and European sources. Scholarly, historical, intuitive, and emotional, his work explores territories in which rituals of psychological and spiritual individuation find a new synthesis in the construction of cultural values. Never an ideologue but always a poet of vision, his imagination shows us a way to rejoice and strengthen ourselves in our common humanity. Here, together for the first time, are Wright's previously published collections -- The Homecoming Singer (1971), Soothsayers and Omens (1976), Explications/Interpretations (1984), Dimensions of History (1976), The Double Invention of Komo (1980), Elaine's Book (1988), and Boleros (1991) -- along with the new poems of Transformations (1997). By presenting Wright's work as a whole, this collection reveals the powerful consistency of his theme -- a spiritual or intellectual quest for personal development -- as each book builds solidly upon the previous one. Wright examines history from a multicultural perspective, attempting to conquer a sense of exclusion -- from society and his own cultural identity -- and find solace and accord by linking American society to African traditions. He believes that a poem must articulate the vital rhythms of the culture it depicts and is dedicated to a pursuit of poetic forms that embody the cadence of African American culture.

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.

Poemcrazy

Freeing Your Life with Words

Author: Susan G. Wooldridge

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307559122

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.

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.

American Primitive

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316650045

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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Brief poems describe nature, mortality, a missing child, the lives of animals, and the beauty of the seasons

A Formal Feeling Comes

Poems in Form by Contemporary Women

Author: Annie Finch

Publisher: Wordtech Communications

ISBN: 9781933456959

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

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A collection of poems by women belonging to the New Formalism movement. One of their number, Sonia Sanchez, writes: "I say, step back sisters, we're rising from the dead, / I say, step back Johnnies, we're dancing on our heads."

Wild Geese

Selected Poems

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9781852246280

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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Mary Oliver is one of America's best-loved poets, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her luminous poetry celebrates nature and beauty, love and the spirit, silence and wonder, extending the visionary American tradition of Whitman, Emerson, Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her extraordinary poetry is nourished by her intimate knowledge and minute daily observation of the New England coast, its woods and ponds, its birds and animals, plants and trees.

The Ode Less Travelled

Unlocking the Poet Within

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101216824

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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Comedian and actor Stephen Fry?s witty and practical guide, now in paperback, gives the aspiring poet or student the tools and confidence to write and understand poetry. Stephen Fry believes that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry. In The Ode Less Travelled, he invites readers to discover the delights of writing poetry for pleasure and provides the tools and confidence to get started. Through enjoyable exercises, witty insights, and simple step-by-step advice, Fry introduces the concepts of Metre, Rhyme, Form, Diction, and Poetics. Most of us have never been taught to read or write poetry, and so it can seem mysterious and intimidating. But Fry, a wonderfully competent, engaging teacher and a writer of poetry himself, sets out to correct this problem by explaining the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension. Fry?s method works, and his enthusiasm is contagious as he explores different forms of poetry: the haiku, the ballad, the villanelle, and the sonnet, among many others. Along the way, he introduces us to poets we?ve heard of but never read. The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, it?s a lively celebration of poetry that makes even the most reluctant reader want to pick up a pencil and give it a try.

Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters

Author: Robert Pinsky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393240703

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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“Magnificent . . . poems to inspire [with] brief and brilliant, offhand notes about how to read them.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR Quick, joyful, and playfully astringent, with surprising comparisons and examples, this collection takes an unconventional approach to the art of poetry. Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Singing School emphasizes ways to learn from great work: studying magnificent, monumentally enduring poems and how they are made— in terms borrowed from the “singing school” of William Butler Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium.” Robert Pinsky’s headnotes for each of the 80 poems and his brief introductions to each section take a writer’s view of specific works: William Carlos Williams’s “Fine Work with Pitch and Copper” for intense verbal music; Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” for wild imagination in matter-of-fact language; Robert Southwell’s “The Burning Babe” for surrealist aplomb; Wallace Stevens’s “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm” for subtlety in meter. Included are poems by Aphra Behn, Allen Ginsberg, George Herbert, John Keats, Mina Loy, Thomas Nashe, and many other master poets. This anthology respects poetry’s mysteries in two senses of the word: techniques of craft and strokes of the inexplicable.

The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

Author: Richard Hugo

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077446

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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"Richard Hugo's free-swinging, go-for-it remarks on poetry and the teaching of poetry are exactly what are needed in classrooms and in the world."—James Dickey Richard Hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters—a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Town is Hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, playful, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.

The Art of Reading Poetry

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060769661

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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A paperback original, Bloom's stand–alone introduction to The Best Poems of the English Language. A notable feature of Harold Bloom's poetry anthology The Best Poems English Language is his lengthy introductory essay, here reprinted as a separate book. For the first time Bloom gives his readers an elegant guide to reading poetry––a master critic's distillation of a lifetime of teaching and criticism. He tackles such subjects as poetic voice, the nature of metaphor and allusion, and the nature of poetic value itself. Bloom writes "the work of great poetry is to aid us to become free artists of ourselves." This essay is an invaluable guide to poetry. This edition will also include a recommended reading list of poems.

The Poem's Heartbeat

A Manual of Prosody

Author: Alfred Corn

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1556592817

Category: Poetry

Page: 140

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"[M]ay well be the finest general book available on prosody."--Library Journal (starred review)