An innovative and accessible guide to poetry-writing by an award-winning poet and beloved professor of poetry.A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke’s "My Papa’s Waltz" and Robert Hayden’s "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!