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Three Genres : The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama / Edition 6
     

Three Genres : The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama / Edition 6

by Stephen Minot
 

ISBN-10: 0134919297

ISBN-13: 9780134919294

Pub. Date: 08/04/1997

Publisher: Pearson

Based on the author's 40 years of teaching experience and extensive publication, this time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. Each genre section is self-contained, features complete works as examples, and provides

Overview

Based on the author's 40 years of teaching experience and extensive publication, this time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. Each genre section is self-contained, features complete works as examples, and provides advice on how to begin writing creatively in the genre. Throughout, readers are encouraged to find their own voices as writers. Troubleshooting Guides—one for each genre considers topics that often give writers trouble. The Writing of Poetry: What Makes a Poem a Poem? Reading as the First Step. Where Poems Come From. Images. The Sound of Words. Traditional Rhythms. From Lines to Stanzas. Three-Verse Patterns. Internal Order. Varieties of Tone. Poetry: From Craft to Art. The Writing of Fiction: Facts and Fiction. Where Stories Come From. The Making of a Story. Viewpoint. Structure: From Scenes to Plot. Creating Tension. Setting. Dialogue and Thoughts. Characterization. Liberating the Imagination. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme. Style and Tone. Three Keys to Development: Reading, Writing, and Revising. The Writing of Drama: Drama: A Life Performance. The Dramatic Plot. Conflict. The Nonrealistic Play. Dramatic Characterization. Visual Impact. The Voices of Comedy. Dramatic Themes. Developing as a Dramatist. For anyone interested in creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, or drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780134919294
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
08/04/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Students vii(3)
Preface for Teachers x
PART ONE: THE WRITING OF POETRY 1(138)
1 What Makes a Poem a Poem?
1(12)
2 Read These Poems!
13(27)
3 Where Poems Come From
40(10)
4 Right Phrase/Wrong Phrase
50(8)
5 The Impact of Images
58(11)
6 The Sound of Words
69(13)
7 Traditional Rhythms
82(12)
8 Fixed Forms
94(8)
9 Unique Rhythms
102(12)
10 A Sense of Order
114(9)
11 Varieties of Tone
123(11)
12 Four Essentials for Growth
134(5)
PART TWO: THE WRITING OF FICTION 139(142)
13 Facts, Falsehoods, and Fiction
139(9)
14 The Sources of Fiction
148(11)
15 A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer"
159(8)
16 The Making of a Story: A Case History
167(6)
17 A Story by Deborah Joy Corey: "Three Hearts"
173(7)
18 Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This?
180(10)
19 Structure: From Scenes to Plot
190(10)
20 A Story by Ursula Hegi: "Acts of Violence"
200(5)
21 Creating Tension
205(8)
22 Setting: Where Are We?
213(11)
23 A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw"
224(9)
24 Characterization: The Art of Creating People
233
25 A Story by Marian Ury: "The Cat That Had the Power of Speech"
26 Liberating the Imagination
247(6)
27 Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme
253(10)
28 Style and Tone
263(11)
29 Reading, Writing, and Revising
274(7)
PART THREE: THE WRITING OF DRAMA 281(98)
30 Theater: A Dramatic Art
281(5)
31 A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There"
286(13)
32 The Dramatic Plot
299(9)
33 Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama
308(7)
34 Dramatic Characterization
315(8)
35 A Play by Glenn Alterman: "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"
323(5)
36 The Nonrealistic Play
328(9)
37 A Play by David LeMaster: "The Assassination and Persecution of Abraham Lincoln"
337(6)
38 Visual Impact
343(13)
39 Dramatic Themes
356(10)
40 The Voices of Comedy
366(7)
41 Achieving Dramatic Growth
373(6)
APPENDICES 379(18)
A Submitting Work for Publication 379(9)
B Resources for Writers 388(9)
Index of Authors and Titles 397(2)
Credits 399(4)
Glossary-Index 403

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