Poetry For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Wonderful.... This book demystifies poetry for all." —Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet & painter, and co-founder of City Lights Books

Praise for Poetry For Dummies "Poetry For Dummies is a pleasant romp...with tons of information, informally and intelligently presented.... A fine introduction to poetry." —Willis Barnstone, author of Sappho: A New Translation and Algebra of Night

"Amaze and delight your friends at coffee houses or cocktail parties! Nobody who reads this welcoming and enlightening introduction to ...

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Overview

"Wonderful.... This book demystifies poetry for all." —Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet & painter, and co-founder of City Lights Books

Praise for Poetry For Dummies "Poetry For Dummies is a pleasant romp...with tons of information, informally and intelligently presented.... A fine introduction to poetry." —Willis Barnstone, author of Sappho: A New Translation and Algebra of Night

"Amaze and delight your friends at coffee houses or cocktail parties! Nobody who reads this welcoming and enlightening introduction to poetry from Sappho to slams will be a dummy about poetry anymore." —Ed Taylor, Executive Director, just buffalo literary center

Get expert tips on writing your own poems

Understand and appreciate the pleasures of poetry Can't tell the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Don't worry! This friendly guide demystifies all that complicated jargon and explains how to truly enjoy poetry. The authors walk you through poetry's history, show you where to find exciting contemporary readings, and provide easy exercises to stimulate your own poetic juices.

Discover how to: Understand the language and forms of poetry Interpret a poem's possible meanings Get a handle on poetry through the ages Find poetry readings near you Write your own poems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118053645
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 512,828
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

The Poetry Center in San Francisco sponsors readings and awards and houses a renowned poetry archive. John Timpane, Ph.D., is the author of It Could Be Verse: Anybody's Guide to Poetry. Maureen Watts is a writer and longtime poetry activist who serves on the board of the National Poetry Association
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

About This Book.

How This Book Is Organized.

Part I: Reading and Understanding Poetry.

Part II: In the Beginning Was a Poem.

Part III: Writing Poetry: A Guide for Aspiring Poets.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Part V: Appendixes.

Icons Used in This Book.

Where to Go from Here.

Part I: Reading and Understanding Poetry.

Chapter 1: Poetry 101.

Chapter 2: Subject, Tone, and Narrative.

Chapter 3: Tuning In to Language.

Chapter 4: The Art of Interpretation.

Chapter 5: Connecting with Poems from the Past.

Part II: In the Beginning Was a Poem.

Chapter 6: An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: From the Earliest Poetry to the 1700s.

Chapter 7: An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: The 19th Century to the Present.

Chapter 8: Calling the Muse.

Chapter 9: Writing Open-Form Poetry.

Chapter 10: Working with Traditional Forms of Verse.

Chapter 11: Putting Pen to Paper: Writing Exercises for Poets.

Chapter 12: Going Public with Your Poetry.

Chapter 13: Getting Published.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Myths about Poets and Poetry.

Chapter 15: Ten Poems Worth Memorizing.

Chapter 16: Ten Love Poems.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Poetry Timeline.

Appendix C: Resources.

Permissions.

Index.

Book Registration Information.
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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Poetry for Dummies

    I am probably a little bit less of a dummie than this book is intended for. I was actually looking for something that in retrospect is pretty technical. I looking for something that would list and exmaine a whole bunch of poetry form likes Hikus and so others. That is not what I got but what I got covered quite a bit of things that I pretty much already knew but also a lot other stuff as well as really useful reflections on how to approach poetry. I consider it a good buy even if it was not what I looking for. I am not sure that what I want even exists.

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