A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry

A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry

by Gregory Orr


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393253924
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 276,478
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gregory Orr is the author of twelve books of poetry, three books about poetry, and a memoir. He lives in Charlottesville and has taught for more than forty years as a professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he founded its MFA program in creative writing.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part 1 Disorder and Order

Chapter 1 Poetry Is Both Simple and Complex 15

Chapter 2 Letting In the Disorder 41

Chapter 3 The Lyric Invitation 59

Part 2 Powers of Ordering

Chapter 4 Imagination at the Threshold 71

Chapter 5 Lyric and Narrative: Two Fundamental Ordering Impulses 82

Chapter 6 Some Basic Issues 118

Part 3 Words Coming Alive in Poems

Chapter 7 Words Coming Alive in Poems 153

Chapter 8 Naming 160

Chapter 9 Singing 183

Chapter 10 Saying 224

Chapter 11 Imagining 240

Part 4 Why Poems? Why Poets?

Chapter 12 Ecstasy and Engagement 267

Chapter 13 A Second Self in a Second World 278

Chapter 14 Craft and Quest 296

Acknowledgments 307

Glossary 309

Credits 321

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YvetteS More than 1 year ago
Gregory Orr offers wonderful insight into the powerful role poetry plays in the lives of the reader and writer. His straightforward and original approach stimulates fresh ideas for every novice or veteran. He provides several examples of poetry and a dozen writing exercises to help his readers breathe life into stagnant thoughts and words. Orr encourages all students of poetry to untangle the binds, free the chaos, and wrestle the wild beast long enough to write your own "dancing star." A must-have for all lovers of poetry!