Three Genres : The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama / Edition 6

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780134919294
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/4/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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 The Sources of Poetry 12
3 The Language of Poetry 23
4 Images 33
5 The Sound of Words 46
6 Traditional Rhythms 58
7 Unique Rhythms 70
8 Tone 80
9 From Units to Unity 91
10 Writing Poetry on Your Own 104
11 Poems for Study 111
Pt. 2 The Writing of Fiction 133
12 The Creative Process 133
13 The Sources of Fiction 141
14 A Story by Melissa Pritchard: "Phoenix" 151
15 Viewpoint: Strategies of Presentation 158
16 A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer" 169
17 Structure: From Scenes to Plot 177
18 A Story by Deborah Joy Cory: "Three Hearts" 185
19 Narrative Tension 192
20 A Story by John Updike: "Man and Daughter in the Cold" 201
21 Characterization 207
22 Setting 219
23 Implication: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme 228
24 Style and Tone 236
25 Writing Fiction on Your Own 246
Pt. 3 The Writing of Drama 253
26 Theater: A Live Performance 253
27 A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There" 259
28 The Dramatic Plot 272
29 Conflict 281
30 Dramatic Characterization 288
31 A Play by Louis Phillips: "Goin' West" 295
32 Realistic and Nonrealistic Approaches 308
33 Visual Impact 318
34 Dramatic Themes 329
35 The Voices of Comedy 338
36 Writing Plays on Your Own 345
A Submission of Material for Publication 349
B Resources for Writers 358
Glossary-Index 367
Index of Authors and Titles 383
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