Writing Poetry combines an accessible introduction to the essential elements of the craft, with a critical awareness of its underpinnings. The authors argue that separating the making of poems from critical thinking about them is a false divide and encourage students to become accomplished critics and active readers of poetic texts.
About the Author
CHAD DAVIDSON is Associate Professorin Creative Writing and Literature at University of West Georgia, USA. His poetry collections include Consolation Miracle (2003) and The Last Predicta (2008), both from Southern Illinois UP. He is Associate Editor for New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares and the Virginia Quarterly Review.GREGORY FRASER is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and Literatureat University of West Georgia, USA. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and his poetry has appeared in journals including The Southern Review, The Paris Review andThe Chicago Review. His collections of poetry are Strange Pietà (Texas Tech, UP 2003) and Answering the Ruins (Northwestern UP, 2009).
Table of ContentsIntroduction to Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches.- PART I: FOUNDATIONS.- Establishing Practice.- Form and Structure.- Voice.- Style.- Subject.- The Cultures of Poetry Writing.- Foundational Exercises.- PART II: SPECULATIONS.- Exploring Possibilities.- Forms and Structures.- Voices.- Styles.- Subjects.- The Cultures of Poetry Writing.- Key Points: Speculations in Poetry Writing.- Speculative Exercises.- Creative Critical Further Reading.- Bibliography.- Index.