Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life

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Poetry's hip, poetry's hot, and poetry's a blast with this cool, contemporary guide created in the same entertaining style as the popular In Print!

Kids instinctively love poetry—its rhythm, its rhymes, and its playful transformation of ordinary language. And these days, such cutting-edge, youthful forms as rap, hip-hop, and slams have made poetry more relevant than ever. With its fun facts, exciting writing activities, and words of encouragement from a respected professional, ...

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Overview

Poetry's hip, poetry's hot, and poetry's a blast with this cool, contemporary guide created in the same entertaining style as the popular In Print!

Kids instinctively love poetry—its rhythm, its rhymes, and its playful transformation of ordinary language. And these days, such cutting-edge, youthful forms as rap, hip-hop, and slams have made poetry more relevant than ever. With its fun facts, exciting writing activities, and words of encouragement from a respected professional, Immersed in Verse nurtures the nascent poet in every child. Best of all, these awe-inspiring ideas have nothing in common with blah school assignments. Instead, youngsters rearrange their favorite (or least favorite) poems; start their own poetry workshop; present “open mike night” in the basement; and record their friends reciting. Along the way, they'll open more than a few “poet's toolboxes.” They'll explore the wonderful world of words and learn about attitude, equipment, techniques (including “metaphors be with you”), different styles of verse, revising your writing, getting published, and performing.

Allan Wolf has served as the educational director for the national touring company Poetry Alive! His books include The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems about Our Parts and New Found Land. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.
A Selection of the Children's Book of the Month Club.

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Gr 6 Up-Perfect for young writers wanting to take the plunge or for those who've already gotten their feet wet, this how-to guide-chock-full of examples-is sure to inspire and nurture young poets. The information is intensive without being overwhelming, wise without being didactic. Wolf `s love of language is evident throughout ("poems are not meant to be `solved'; they are meant to be savored") as he offers a solid foundation with wit and humor. In the section "The Nine Habits of Highly Successful Poets" ("Habit #6: Realize That Poetry Ain't Always Pretty"), he writes, "Note the grace of the swan on the water as well as the trace of the swan on the land-the poop." Mourning's hip cartoons and doe-eyed characters complement Wolf's humor. For example, beside a paragraph that begins "Revising Your Poems," there is an illustration of a cloth voodoo doll sporting a small orange "revision" label stuck with push pins. There is ample coverage of all things related to writing poetry, from habits to cultivate to finding subjects. The author touches on topics such as reading, revision, form, free verse, publication, slams, workshops, and "power tools" such as metaphor, onomatopoeia, and so on. The book ends with helpful appendixes, a glossary, a selected bibliography, an index of poets cited (more than 50), and a subject index.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600595103
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Plunge into Words 6
Poetry & You 8
Of Blooms & Booms & Secret Rooms 9
What Kind of Poet Are You? 12
Do You Like Poetry? (A Guided Tour) 14
A Poem for All Reasons 20
The Nine Habits of Highly Successful Poets 22
Take the Daily Writing Pledge 26
Your Poetry Toolbox 28
How to (a-hem) Read a Poem 28
Toys of the Trade 29
Poetic Devices 33
Anatomy of a Poem 41
The Poet's Decisions 44
Details, Details 45
Observations & Explosions 47
Project Your Image! 48
Place Your Poems on the Accessibility Scale 49
Point of View 51
Tense 52
Form 53
Shaping Words into a Poem 55
Play with Structure 57
A Demonstration 59
Revising Your Poems 62
Always Something to Write About 66
Celebrate the Mundane 66
Journals: Your Storage Vault 68
Mind Games 70
Jump Starts 86
Ta Da!: Presenting Your Work 90
Reading Your Poetry 90
Performing Your Poetry 92
The Secrets of Memorizing Poetry 94
Get Published! 97
Do It Yourself 98
Start a Writer's Group 102
A Promise. A Warning. A Final Word of Hope 104
Appendix A Selected Poems 105
Appendix B Selected Poets 106
Appendix C Publishing Resources for Young Poets 107
Glossary 108
Selected Bibliography 110
Credits 111
Acknowledgments & Index 112
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