Creating Poetry

Creating Poetry

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by John Drury
     
 

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Poets can't impose their will on the muse. That's why it's so important that you write regularly, keep reworking your drafts, and experiment in your writing. This book will help you by offering advice, inspiration, and hundreds of exercises to get you going—all designed to invoke your muse.

With no bias toward any form or style, John Drury addresses imagery,

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Poets can't impose their will on the muse. That's why it's so important that you write regularly, keep reworking your drafts, and experiment in your writing. This book will help you by offering advice, inspiration, and hundreds of exercises to get you going—all designed to invoke your muse.

With no bias toward any form or style, John Drury addresses imagery, metaphor, and the different methods of constructing and experimenting with new poetic forms. You'll find twelve chapters overflowing with examples, exercises, and prompts—all practical tools you can use right now in your poetry writing. For example, you'll find information on:

  • Preparing: developing your poetic sensitivity
  • Language: learning the fundamental tools of poetry and using them effectively
  • Sight: refining sight—and insight—to make your poetry come alive within the mind's eye—and the heart's eye, too
  • Sound: sensitizing yourself to the music of words—both singly and in combination
  • Movement: developing the rhythmic qualities that make poems sing—and shout, march, croon, and whisper
  • Voice: becoming aware of the fine nuances of how the words are said and connected, revealing each poem's implied speaker and "stance"
  • Finishing: bringing each poem to successful completion
No matter what your style or level of experience, Creating Poetry offers insightful, thoughtful, and motivating instruction all of which will make your path to poetry writing a richer path to travel.

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With no bias toward form or style, Drury addresses the subjects of language text, subject matter, free and measured verse, imagery, metaphor, the various methods of constructing and experimenting with new poetic forms, and encourages budding poets to practice techniques of thinking and seeing from new angles, ways of shaping and experimenting with language, and methods of finding their own voice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582974637
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
07/29/2006
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
389,216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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John Drury studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and Johns Hopkins. He has been published in a number of publications including Shenandoah and Ploughshares. He teaches creative writing and poetry at the University of Cincinnati.

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Creating Poetry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding resource for the beginning and intermediate poet. It covers a wide range of topics and provides many writing exercises. The Map of Poetic Terms in the beginning of the book is an excellent summary and quick resource. I particularly enjoyed the following chapters: Language, Sight, Sound, Patterns & Traditions, Voice, and Finishing. I liked his focus on the five senses. I especially liked many of his chapter sections, such as Senses, Etymology, Image, Sound Effects, Syllabics, Dramatic Monologue, Journals, Stories, Music, Revision, and many others. My reading of the book, however, seemed to slow down during the chapter on Movement, which is kind of ironic. Moreover, many of the ideas and exercises are either common sense, or so broad that, at times, he seems to be saying try anything. Still, this is a great book, and if it weren't for the previous criticisms, I would've given it five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a most excellent campanion to the poet and has many resources within itself. A most excellent exercise in poetical sense.