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Now in its second edition, Poetry: The Basics demystifies the traditions and forms of the world of poetry for all those who find it daunting or bewildering. Covering a wide range of poetic voices from Chaucer to children's rhymes, song lyrics and the words of contemporary poets, this book will help readers to appreciate poetry by examining:
A must-read for all those wishing to get to grips with reading and writing poetry, this book is a lively and inspiring introduction to its many styles and purposes right up to the present-day.
Preface 1. Because there is language there is poetry 2. Deliberate Space 3. Tones of Voice 4. Measures 5. ‘Free Verse’ 6. Rhyme 7. Stanza 8. Image – Imagination – Inspiration 9. Writing a Poem Now Conclusion Glossary Bibliography