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How to Write a Poem / Edition 1

How to Write a Poem / Edition 1

by John Redmond


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405124805
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/12/2005
Series: How to Study Literature Series , #4
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Redmond is the author of one collection of poems, Thumb’s Width (2001), which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and he features as one of ‘The New Irish Poets’ in a Bloodaxe anthology of that name. He was previously Assistant Editor of the long-running poetry magazine Thumbscrew, and writes reviews on a regular basis for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian and Poetry Review. He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and, previously, was Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents



1. The Question of Address.

2. Viewpoint.

3. The Question of Voices.

4. The Question of Scale.

5. Uses of Repetition.

6. Image.

7. Short Lines.

8. Long Lines.

9. Diction.

10. Uses of Syntax.

11. Tone.

12. Traditional Forms: Ode.

13. Traditional Forms: Epistle.

14. The Question of Background.

15. Conclusion: The Question of Variety.


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