Painless Poetry

Painless Poetry

by Mary Elizabeth
     
 

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Kids who are convinced that they hate poetry or think it's dull and difficult, are likely to change their opinions when they open this book. Using examples that range from exciting, well-told stories that grip the imagination to song lyrics and slam poetry, the author shows that there is more to poetry than many imagine. This revised and updated edition guides…  See more details below

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Kids who are convinced that they hate poetry or think it's dull and difficult, are likely to change their opinions when they open this book. Using examples that range from exciting, well-told stories that grip the imagination to song lyrics and slam poetry, the author shows that there is more to poetry than many imagine. This revised and updated edition guides middle school and high school students through poetry created for many purposes and written in many forms, and offers insights, guidelines, and techniques to enable students to read and evaluate poems, as well as to write original poetry. Titles in Barron's Painless series cover a wide range of subjects taught in middle school and high school, presenting each subject in a student-friendly format, and demonstrating that learning can be exciting and mind-expanding.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
As one who takes his poetry seriously, I had only the most modest expectations for this book with the frightened cartoon cat and bee illustrations on its bright-yellow covers and crudely punning chapter heads within. Imagine my surprise, then, when this easy-to-read and remarkably thorough volume turned out to be one of the best introductions to the reading and writing of poetry that I've ever encountered. The author starts with no presumptions of prior knowledge on the reader's part and proceeds to explore in great detail exactly what a poem is and is not. Each of her five well-organized chapters includes brain ticklers that invite readers to test their understanding of the ideas presented in the chapter as well as to write original poems of their own. There are more poetic devices described on these pages than any young reader—indeed, any professional poet—might ever need to know, but they are invariably presented with ample poetic examples that render them both interesting and easy to understand. (Did everyone but me already know that "paraprosdokian" is a surprise ending, "epizeuxis" is the repetition of a word for emphasis, or that "paronomasia" is punning?) The author leaves no stone unturned in exploring every aspect of the poetic art, and she makes generous use of some of the greatest poetry in the English language to illustrate her lessons. This fine volume is highly recommended for readers of all ages and deserves a prominent place on every library shelf . KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Barron's, 326p. illus. index., $8.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer:Jeffrey Cooper; Writer/ Editor, Long Island, NY , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764145919
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
Painless Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,175,643
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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