Writing Poems

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This book offers comprehensive coverage of the creative process and the technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical advice and numerous examples,Writing Poems is appropriate for both the beginning and advanced poet. Its anthology of classic and contemporary poems enlivens its readers' understanding of poetry, illustrates poetic principles, and, above all, inspires writing. With clear explanations, a lively presentation, and in-depth discussions, this book demystifies the process of writing poems and provides the guidance needed to help writers improve their craft. For anyone interested in writing poetry

Table of Contents

Note: Poems marked with asterisks are new to this edition
Preface: To the Teacher
Starting Out
Word Magic
Pruning and Weeding
Clarity, Ambiguity, Obscurity
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
Famous, Naomi Shihab Nye
Sizing, Heather McHugh
We Three Kings, Anonymous
Realism, Czelsaw Milosz
Difficult Daughters, Angela Ball
A Poem of Attrition, Etheridge Knight
No,Mark Doty
David, Josephine Miles
For Hai Zi Who Call Himself Son of the Sea, Ye Chun
Form: The Necessary Nothing
Balance, Imbalance
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
Traveling through the Dark, William Stafford
April, Hettie Jones
One Heart, Li-Young Lee
Mulroney, Baron Wormser
The Impossible May Be Possible, Cynthia Macdonald
The Kiss, Marta Tomes
In the Beginning, Sarah Kennedy
Names of Horses, Donald Hall
A Grave, Marianne Moore
Storm Window, Conrad Hilberry
Making the Line (I)
Syllable-Stress Meter
The Length of Metrical Lines
Substitutions and Variations
A Little Scanning
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
Loveliest of Trees, A. E. Housman
Crows, Lizette Woodworth Reese
Balance, Marilyn Nelson
Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare
Scavenging the Wall, R. T. Smith
Hamlen Brook, Richard Wilbur
Move, Geoffrey Brock
Brown Recluse, Erin Belieu
Fiduciary, Randall Mann
Barbed Wire, Henry Taylor
The Payoff, Allison Joseph
Learning by Doing, Howard Nemerov
Making the Line (II)
Nonmetrical Verse: Long Lines
Nonmetrical Verse: Mixed Lines
Nonmetrical Verse: Short Lines
Syllabics and Prose Poems
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
The Return, Ezra Pound
Amaryllis, Margaret Gibson
A Simple Experiment, Muriel Rukeyser
The Wrong Street, Cornelius Eady
The Long Marriage, Maxine Kumin
Moon, Carol Frost
My sweet old et cetera, e.e. cummings
Meeting the Occasion, Lucia Cordell Getsi
The stillborn calf, Gary Young
The Sound and Look of Sense
Visible Form
Alliteration and Assonance
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
Laundromat, Lorine Niedecker
Perseid Meteor Shower, Christopher Buckley
Don't Look Back, Kay Ryan
January II, Charles Wright
Battle Scene, Kelly Cherry
Famous Last Words, Michael Heffernan
Guilt, Gerald Barrax
Ronda, Gloria Vando
Po_tolka, Christian Wiman
Reapers, Jean Toomer
To Autumn, John Keats
Content: A Local Habitation and a Name
Subject Matter
Subjects and Objects
Implication and Focus
Questions and Suggestions
Poems to Consider
What She Could Do, Elizabeth Holmes
An Introduction, Judson Mitcham
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