Three Genres

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Drawing on Stephen Minot's experience teaching writing, Three Genres, Sixth Edition, introduces the basic principles of creative writing in the areas of poetry, fiction, and drama. While exploring the traditional forms and conventions of these literary genres, the student is encouraged to find his or her own creative voice.
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Overview

Drawing on Stephen Minot's experience teaching writing, Three Genres, Sixth Edition, introduces the basic principles of creative writing in the areas of poetry, fiction, and drama. While exploring the traditional forms and conventions of these literary genres, the student is encouraged to find his or her own creative voice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780139203978
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 3/1/1982
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 350

Table of Contents

Preface for Students
Preface for Teachers
Pt. 1 The Writing of Poetry 1
1 What Makes a Poem a Poem? 1
2 Read These Poems! 13
3 Where Poems Come From 40
4 Right Phrase/Wrong Phrase 50
5 The Impact of Images 58
6 The Sound of Words 69
7 Traditional Rhythms 82
8 Fixed Forms 94
9 Unique Rhythms 102
10 A Sense of Order 114
11 Varieties of Tone 123
12 Four Essentials for Growth 134
Pt. 2 The Writing of Fiction 139
13 Facts, Falsehoods, and Fiction 139
14 The Sources of Fiction 148
15 A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer" 159
16 The Making of a Story: A Case History 167
17 A Story by Deborah Joy Corey: "Three Hearts" 173
18 Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This? 180
19 Structure: From Scenes to Plot 190
20 A Story by Ursula Hegi: "Acts of Violence" 200
21 Creating Tension 205
22 Setting: Where Are We? 213
23 A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw" 224
24 Characterization: The Art of Creating People 233
25 A Story by Marian Ury: "The Cat That Had the Power of Speech" [s.n.]
26 Liberating the Imagination 247
27 Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme 253
28 Style and Tone 263
29 Reading, Writing, and Revising 274
Pt. 3 The Writing of Drama 281
30 Theater: A Dramatic Art 281
31 A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There" 286
32 The Dramatic Plot 299
33 Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama 308
34 Dramatic Characterization 315
35 A Play by Glenn Alterman: "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" 323
36 The Nonrealistic Play 328
37 A Play by David LeMaster: "The Assassination and Persecution of Abraham Lincoln" 337
38 Visual Impact 343
39 Dramatic Themes 356
40 The Voices of Comedy 366
41 Achieving Dramatic Growth 373
App. A Submitting Work for Publication 379
App. B Resources for Writers 388
Index of Authors and Titles 397
Credits 399
Glossary-Index 403
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