Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction and Drama

Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction and Drama

by Stephen Minot

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780139204302
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 11/28/1987
Edition description: 4th ed
Pages: 336

Table of Contents

I. THE WRITING OF POETRY.

1. What Makes a Poem a Poem?
2. Plunging In: Reading as the First Step.
3. Sources: Where Poems Come From.
4. Images: the Essential Element.
5. The Sound of Words.
6. Traditional Rhythms.
7. From Lines to Stanzas.
8. Free-Verse Patterns.
9. Internal Order.
10. Varieties of Tone.
11. Poetry: From Craft to Art.

II. THE WRITING OF FICTION.

12. Fact and Fiction.
13. Where Stories Come From.
14. A Story by Stephen Minot: “Sausage and Beer.”
15. The Making of a Story.
16. A Short Story by Deborah Joy Corey: “Three Hearts.”
17. Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This?
18. Structure: From Scenes to Plot.
19. A Story by Ann Hood: “Escapes.”
20. Creating Tension.
21. Setting: Where Are We?
22. Dialogue and Thoughts.
23. A Story by Sharon Solwitz: “Obst Vw.”
24. Characterization: Creating Credible People.
25. A Story by Donald Barthelme: “The Balloon.”
26. Liberating the Imagination.
27. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme.
28. A Story by Jackson Jodie Davies, “Gotta Dance.”
29. Style and Tone.
30. Three Keys to Development: Reading, Writing, and Revising.

III. THE WRITING OF DRAMA.

31. Drama: A Life Performance.
32. A Play by William Saroyan: “Hello Out There.”
33. The Dramatic Plot.
34. Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama.
35. A Play by Glenn Alterman: “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.”
36. The Nonrealistic Play.
37. Dramatic Characterization.
38. Visual Impact.
39. A Play by Murray Schisgal: “The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Fervent Feminist.”
40. The Voices of Comedy.
41. Dramatic Themes.
42. Developing as a Dramatist.

APPENDICES.

A: Troubleshooting Guide: Topics for Quick Review.
B: Submitting Work for Publication.
C: Resources for Writers.
Index of Authors and Titles.
Glossary-Index.

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