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Overview

The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems, 8/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205176052
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 275,069
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Before Designing the Course: A Preface to the Teacher xix

1 Starting Out: An Introduction 1

Word Magic 4

Diction 4

Syntax 8

Pruning and Weeding 10

Clarity, Obscurity, and Ambiguity 12

Questions and Suggestions 14

Poems to Consider

Barter

RAVI SHANKAR

Mule Hour

TERRANCE HAYES

Famous

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Abstraction

GEOFFREY BROCK

Reading Sonnevi on a Tuesday Night

WAYNE MILLER

PART I: FORM

2 Verse 25

Line 27

Form 29

Balance 33

Questions and Suggestions 37

Poems to Consider

the rites for Cousin Vit

GWENDOLYN BROOKS

Po]tolka (Prague)

CHRISTIAN WIMAN

Form

HEATHER MCHUGH

What The Mosquito Gives

AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL

Traveling through the Dark

William Stafford

Unconditional Election

David Baker

3 Making the Line (I) 44

Meter 46

Stress 47

Speech, Rhythm, and the Line

Line Length

Questions and Suggestions 60

Poems to Consider

Sisyphus

JAY LEEMING

Signs

Gjertrud Schnackenberg

What We Know About Ghost Images

DEBORAH BOGEN

Eva Braun at Berchtesgaden

VICTORIA CHANG

Her Web 66

Erin Belieu

One Art 67

Elizabeth Bishop

4 Making the Line (II) 69

Longer Lines 70

Lines of Mixed Length 72

Shorter Lines 74

Syllabics

Prose Poems 78

Questions and Suggestions 80

Poems to Consider

Meanwhile

RICHARD SIKEN

Balloons

Sylvia Plath

Don’t Look Back

KAY RYAN

The Guides

RIGOBERTO GONZALEZ

the fever

SIMONE MUENCH

Gruss

DEAN YOUNG

5 The Sound (and Look) of Sense 89

Visible Form 91

Repetition 95

Alliteration and Assonance 97

Rhyme 98

Onomatopoeia 101

Questions and Suggestions 102

Poems to Consider

Dear Petrarch 104

Cate Marvin

Do Not Disturb

MARY RUEFLE

Reapers 109

Jean Toomer

January II 106

Charles Wright

After the Trial 107

Weldon Kees

PART II: CONTENT

6 Subject Matter 113

Subjects and Objects 115

Memory 120

Imagery 122

Resonant Detail 125

Questions and Suggestions 128

Poems to Consider

Bitch 132

Carolyn Kizer

The Man. His Bowl. His Raspberries.

CLAUDIA RANKINE

The Tropics in New York 133

Claude McKay

Chrysanthemums

SPENCER REECE

The Beautician 130

Thom Gunn

7 Metaphor 136

Figuratively Speaking 139

A Name for Everything 143

Pattern and Motif 145

Conceits 148

Metaphoric Implication 150

Questions and Suggestions 152

Poems to Consider

The Empire in the Air 153

Kevin Prufer

My Arms

PAUL GUEST

Rowing

JEFFREY HARRISON

The Way Things Work

JORIE GRAHAM

Blue 159

Reginald Shepherd

8 Tale, Teller, and Tone 160

Narration, Pacing, and Tense 162

Persona 165

Point of View 168

Tone 172

Questions and Suggestions 174

Poems to Consider

Personals 175

C. D. Wright

[writing for a young man on the redline train: “to his boy mistress”]

D.A. POWELL

Bleeder

STEPHEN DOBYNS

Winter

MARIE PONSOT

The Wood-Pile 176

Robert Frost

9 The Mysteries of Language 182

The Sense of Nonsense 183

The Logic of the Analogic 188

Ordinary Strangeness 191

Translation 193

Questions and Suggestions 195

Poems to Consider

Hunger

YASSER ABDEL-LATIF

Remember the Trains? 200

Martha Collins

A Hunger So Honed 202

Tracy K. Smith

Everything 203

Srikanth Reddy

The Moon

jaime sabines

Part III: Process

10 Finding the Poem 207

Imitation and Models 208

Sources and “Truth” 212

Emotion and Thought 214

Getting into Words 218

Keeping a Poem Going 220

Questions and Suggestions 223

Poems to Consider

The Other Cold War 227

Adrian Blevins

Realism

CZESLAW MILOSZ

Off-Season at the Edge of the World

DEBORA GREGER

Visitation 228

Kathy Fagan

Song 228

Brigit Pegeen Kelly

11 Devising and Revising 231

Exploring 231

Focusing 235

Shaping 237

Creating Community

Submitting Your Work

Questions and Suggestions 246

Poems to Consider

Workshop 271

Billy Collins

Immediate Revision 252

Chase Twichell

Muse

KIM ADDONIZIO

The Next Poem 275

Dana Gioia

Winter Conception 273

Eleanor Wilner

Appendix I: Questions for Discussing and Revising Poetry 277

Appendix II: A Brief Glossary of Forms 283

Acknowledgments 295

Index of Authors and Titles 301

Index of Terms 307

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