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Writing Poems

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780321026880

ISBN10:
0321026888
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley

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Summary

Writing Poems, 5/e, offers well-balanced coverage of the creative process and technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical advice for the beginning poet, the text is a thorough exposition of principles, a reliable handbook, and a convenient anthology that draws on poems. This market-leading text can be used at either the graduate or undergraduate level.

Table of Contents

Preface: To the Teacher xvii
Starting Out: An Introduction
1(28)
Diction
3(5)
Syntax
8(3)
Pruning and Weeding
11(3)
Clarity, Obscurity, and Ambiguity
14(3)
Questions and Suggestions
17(1)
Poems to Consider
Realism
18(1)
Czeslaw Milosz
Shalimar Gardens
19(1)
Carolyn Kizer
Famous
20(1)
Naomi Shihab Nye
Tahoe in August
20(1)
Robert Hass
Laws
21(1)
Stephen Dunn
A Poem of Attrition
22(1)
Etheridge Knight
No
23(1)
Mark Doty
The Long Marriage
24(1)
Maxine Kumin
El Dia de los Muertos
25(1)
Rafael Campo
Dearest
26(3)
Jean Valentine
Part I. Form: The Necessary Nothing
Verse
29(25)
Line
31(3)
Form
34(3)
Balance, Imbalance
37(6)
Questions and Suggestions
43(2)
Poems to Consider
Loveliest of Trees
45(1)
A.E. Housman
Outings
45(1)
Debra Allbery
Scattering Carl
46(1)
Peter Klappert
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
47(1)
William Wordsworth
The Sacred Cows of Los Angeles
47(1)
Gerald Costanzo
Poem for a New Cat
48(1)
Ed Ochester
Hamlen Brook
49(1)
Richard Wilbur
Quake Theory
49(1)
Sharon Olds
These Heady Flowers
50(1)
Elizabeth Kirschner
Storm Window
50(1)
Conrad Hilberry
Does Joanna Exist?
51(1)
Bonnie Jacobson
Day's End
51(1)
Ann Townsend
Two Figures in Dense Violet Light
52(1)
Wallace Stevens
Chinese Print: No Translation
53(1)
Peggy Shumaker
The Kiss
53(1)
Marta Tomes
Measuring the Line (I)
54(30)
Accentual-Syllabic Meter
54(5)
Substitution and Variations
59(6)
Rhythm
65(3)
A Note on Scanning
68(4)
Questions and Suggestions
72(4)
Poems to Consider
For My Contemporaries
76(1)
J. V. Cunningham
The Snowfall
76(1)
Donald Justice
Sonnet 29
77(1)
William Shakespeare
Strugnell's Bargain
77(1)
Wendy Cope
Balance
77(1)
Marilyn Nelson
The Guilt
78(1)
Gerrald Barrax
Afraid
78(1)
Molly Peacock
Games
79(1)
James Cummins
Epitaph
79(1)
Timothy Steele
from An Essay on Criticism
79(1)
Alexander Pope
The Tropics in New York
80(1)
Claude Mckay
Learning by Doing
81(1)
Howard Nemerov
Blue Jay
82(1)
Paul Lake
Barbed Wire
82(1)
Henry Taylor
Buffalo
83(1)
Mark Irwin
Measuring the Line (II)
84(29)
Nonmetrical Verse: Longer Lines
85(2)
Nonmetrical Verse: Lines of Mixed Length
87(4)
Nonmetrical Verse: Shorter Lines
91(5)
Syllabics and Prose Poems
96(2)
Questions and Suggestions
98(3)
Poems to Consider
The Return
101(1)
Ezra Pound
The Man. His Bowl. His Raspberries.
101(1)
Claudia Rankine
Peepers
102(1)
Margaret Holley
The Letter
103(1)
Amy Lowell
my sweet old etcetera
104(1)
E. E. Cummings
Holy Water
105(1)
Christine Dresch
Promised Land
106(1)
Lynn Powell
We Real Cool
106(1)
Gwendolyn Brooks
Hazel Tells Laverne
106(1)
Katharyn Howd Machan
Savior (Mississippi 1957)
107(1)
Ometeji Adeyemon
The Wrong Street
108(1)
Cornelius Eady
The Day After
108(1)
Jim Daniels
Potholes
109(1)
Linda Hogan
Swimmers
110(1)
Jay Meek
Snake
110(3)
D. H. Lawrence
The Sound (and Look) of Sense
113(28)
Visible Form
114(5)
Repetition
119(2)
Onomatopoeia
121(1)
Alliteration and Assonance
122(2)
Rhyme
124(3)
Questions and Suggestions
127(2)
Poems to Consider
Jump Cabling
129(1)
Linda Pastan
Song
129(1)
William Logan
When Icicles Hang by the Wall
130(1)
William Shakespeare
Song (After Shakespeare)
130(1)
Maura Stanton
Two Songs of a Fool
131(1)
William Butler Yeats
Aunt Sue's Stories
131(1)
Langston Hughes
Reapers
132(1)
Jean Toomer
At Sixteen
132(1)
Edward Hirsch
Famous Last Words
133(1)
Michael Heffernan
The Art of Vanishing
134(1)
William Trowbridge
For the Women of Ancient Greece
135(1)
Meggan Watterson
The Fourth of July
136(1)
Howard Nemerov
To Autumn
137(4)
John Keats
Part II. Content: A Locan Habitation and a Name
Subject Matter
141(26)
Subjects and Objects
143(6)
Presenting
149(2)
Descriptive Implication
151(5)
Questions and Suggestions
156(1)
Poems to Consider
An Introduction
157(2)
Judson Mitcham
The Dead Monkey
159(1)
William Olsen
Shopping in Tuckahoe
160(1)
Jane Flanders
Diapers for My Father
160(1)
Alice Friman
The Assassination of John Lennon as Depicted by the Madam Tussaud Wax Museum, Niagara Falls, Ontario, 1987
161(1)
David Wojahn
Names of Horses
162(1)
Donald Hall
Ronda
163(1)
Gloria Vando
Traveling Through the Dark
163(1)
William Stafford
What She Could Do
164(1)
Elizabeth Holmes
The Curator
164(3)
Miller Williams
Tale, Teller, and Tone
167(31)
Narrative
169(3)
Persona
172(4)
Point of View
176(5)
Tone
181(3)
Questions and Suggestions
184(1)
Poems to Consider
Witch of Coos
185(4)
Robert Frost
A Simple Experiment
189(1)
Muriel Rukeyser
The Rural Carrier Discovers That Love Is Everywhere
190(1)
T. R. Hummer
Medusa
191(1)
Louise Bogan
Arkansas Funeral
191(1)
Brooke Horvath
Mary Poppins II: That's Ms. Poppins to You
192(1)
Allison Joseph
In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day
193(2)
X. J. Kennedy
Extra Extra
195(1)
Sarah Gorham
American Classic
196(1)
Louis Simpson
In the Mirror
196(2)
Tricia Stuckey
Metaphor
198(24)
Figuratively Speaking
202(3)
A Name for Everything
205(2)
Pattern and Motif
207(4)
Conceits
211(2)
Metaphoric Implication
213(2)
Questions and Suggestions
215(1)
Poems to Consider
Icicles
216(1)
Mark Irwin
Oread
217(1)
H. D.
After Fighting for Hours
217(1)
Kate Gleason
Suddenly I Realized I Was Sitting
218(1)
Elizabeth Kostova
Sparrows
218(1)
Christopher Buckley
Those Men at Redbones
219(1)
Thylias Moss
Children of Sacaton
219(1)
Greg Pape
Waking from Sleep
220(1)
Robert Bly
The Release
220(1)
Joseph Bruchac
Fireflies
220(1)
Ted Kooser
A Red, Red Rose
221(1)
Robert Burns
She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways
221(1)
William Wordsworth
Beyond the Rational
222(31)
Word Magic
223(3)
The Sense of Nonsense
226(6)
Metaphors of Experience
232(3)
Mind Dreams and Body Dreams
235(2)
Surreality
237(3)
Questions and Suggestions
240(2)
Poems to Consider
The Snow Man
242(1)
Wallace Stevens
Nihilist Time
242(1)
Rodney Jones
My Dream of the Empty Zoo
243(1)
Janet Reno
Goat
244(1)
Andrew Hudgins
La Muerte, Patron Saint of Writers
244(2)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Carry-On
246(1)
Robert Stewart
Conception
246(1)
Susan Whitmore
X
247(1)
Carl Phillips
In the Madness of Love
248(1)
Gary Soto
In the Mountains
248(5)
Toi Derricotte
Part III. Process: Making The Poem Happen
Finding the Poem
253(29)
Imitation, Mentors, and Models
254(4)
Sources, Currents
258(2)
Getting into Words
260(3)
Keeping a Poem Going
263(3)
Emotion
266(5)
Questions and Suggestions
271(2)
Poems to Consider
Dover Beach
273(1)
Matthew Arnold
The Dover Bitch
274(1)
Anthony Hecht
Bread and Water
274(1)
Shirley Kaufman
Ground Swell
275(1)
Mark Jarman
At Saint Placid's
276(1)
Lucia Perillo
Still-Hildreth Sanatorium, 1936
277(2)
David Baker
In Marin Again
279(1)
Al Young
Late Night Drive
279(1)
Deborah Kroman
A Nisei Picnic: From an Album
279(1)
David Mura
A narrow Fellow in the Grass
280(2)
Emily Dickinson
Devising and Revising
282(28)
Exploring
282(2)
Trying Out
284(2)
Focusing
286(3)
Shaping
289(6)
A Set of Drafts
295(6)
Questions and Suggestions
301(2)
Poems to Consider
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
303(1)
Richard Wilbur
An Onondaga Trades with a Woman Who Sings with a Mayan Tongue
304(1)
Gail Tremblay
ABC
305(1)
Robert Pinsky
Interim Report
305(1)
Elton Glaser
Woman on Twenty-Second Eating Berries
306(1)
Stanley Plumly
Two Poems of Advice
306(1)
Wayne Dodd
Tuna
307(1)
Michael Waters
Jittery Clouds on Memorial Day
308(1)
Michael Nelson
Landscape
308(1)
Deborah Tall
Fruit Flies to the Too Ripe Fruit
309(1)
Michele Glazer
Becoming a Poet
310(21)
The Growth of a Poet
311(6)
Going Public
317(2)
Writing Communities
319(2)
Getting Organized
321(2)
Questions and Suggestions
323(2)
Poems to Consider
Dancing with Poets
325(1)
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Stepping Out of Poetry
326(1)
Gerald Stern
Diversion
326(1)
Rosanna Warren
Like Miles Said
327(1)
Alvin Aubert
Rain
327(1)
Sidney Wade
The Bad Snorkler
328(1)
Ronald Wallace
A Live Dog Being Better Than a Dead Lion
328(1)
Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Childhood
329(1)
Arthur Smith
The Next Poem
329(2)
Dana Gioia
Appendix I: A Brief Glossary of Forms 331(6)
Appendix II: Notes to the Questions and Suggestions 337(8)
Appendix III: A Few Suggestions for Further Reading 345(4)
Acknowledgments 349(6)
Index of Authors and Titles 355(8)
Index of Terms 363


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