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The fact that you're holding this book in your hands means that you have an interest in reading and writing poetry. The authors, themselves published poets, eagerly share their knowledge and love of poetry in this revision of Writing Poems, which introduces you to poetry's traditions and teaches you the essentials for developing your craft.

 

WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

  • Sixty new poems–many by younger contemporary poets, representing a wide range of ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and aesthetic approaches–will encourage you explore various poetic strategies in your own writing.  
  • Chapter selections now include classical and contemporary poems from across the globe, reflecting the interconnectedness of our global society.  
  • Recognizing that no one is immune to writer's block, the authors have provided new, more powerful exercises in the ''Questions and Suggestions'' sections to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to commit words to paper.  

Working hard and having fun on the journey often go hand in hand. So, open this book and use it to its full potential since it is said the only expensive book is one that remains closed. Enjoy the adventure ahead of you!

 

Synopsis:

This book offers comprehensive coverage of the creative process and the technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical advice and numerous examples, Writing Poems is appropriate for both the beginning and advanced poet. Its anthology of classic and contemporary poems enlivens its readers' understanding of poetry, illustrates poetic principles, and, above all, inspires writing. With clear explanations, a lively presentation, and in-depth discussions, this book demystifies the process of writing poems and provides the guidance needed to help writers improve their craft. For anyone interested in writing poetry

Synopsis:

The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems, 7/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works.

Synopsis:

The philosophy behind "Writing Poems "is that the traditions and trends of poetry in English are grand and varied enough to give poets what they need to know about poems; in other words, poems teach poets how to write. So the book continues to focus on how poems work and how to use those workings in making one' s own poems. The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems 7/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works. STARTING OUT: An Introduction; VERSE; MAKING THE LINE; THE SOUND AND LOOK OF SENSE; SUBJECT MATTER; METAPHOR; TALE, TELLER, TONE; THE MYSTERIES OF LANGUAGE; FINDING THE POEM; DEVISING AND REVISING; BECOMING A POET Anyone who wants to become a poet.

Table of Contents

Preface: To The Teacher

1.  STARTING OUT:  An Introduction

                “Sweater Weather:  A Love Song to Language,” Sharon Bryan

Word Magic

Diction

                “Those Winter Sundays,” Robert Hayden

Syntax

                “Barbed Wire,” Henry Taylor

Pruning and Weeding

                “Dulce et Decorum Est,” Wilfred Owen

                “In a Station of the Metro,” Ezra Pound

Clarity, Obscurity and Ambiguity

                “Gubbinal,” Wallace Stevens

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

“Famous,” Naomi Shihab Nye

“Home is so Sad,” Philip Larkin

“Abstraction,” Geoffrey Brock

“The Way Things Work,” Jorie Graham

“Night in Iowa,” Deborah Ager

“Bent to the Earth,” Blas Manuel De Luna

"Realism," Czeslaw Milosz 

“Dolor,” Theodore Roethke 

 

PART I:  FORM

 

2.  VERSE 

Line 

                “Metaphors of a Magnifico,” Wallace Stevens

Form

                “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” Walt Whitman

Balance, Imbalance

                “The Racer’s Widow,” Louise Glück

                “Letter in July,” Elizabeth Spires

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “Traveling through the Dark,” William Stafford

“Balance,” Marilyn Nelson

“In the Museum of Your Last Day,” Patrick Phillips

“Unconditional Election,” David Baker

“Storm Window,” Conrad Hilberry

“Thrall,” Carolyn Kizer

“A Grave,” Marianne Moore

“Off-Season at the Edge of the World,” Debora Greger

 

 

3.  MAKING THE LINE  (I)

Syllable-Stress Meter

Rhythm

The Lengths of Metrical Lines

Substitutions and Variations

A Little Scanning

                “Out, Out–,” Robert Frost

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “Loveliest of Trees,” A.E. Houseman

“Sonnet 116,” William Shakespeare

“Signs,” Gjertrud Schnackenberg

“Hamlen Brook,” Richard Wilbur

“Her Web,” Erin Belieu

“One Art,” Elizabeth Bishop

“Epitaph on a Tyrant,” W.H. Auden

“Learning by Doing,” Howard Nemerov

 

 

4.  MAKING THE  LINE (II) 

Nonmetrical Verse:  Longer Lines 

                “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” Walt Whitman

Nonmetrical Verse:   Lines of Mixed Length

                “People and a Heron,” Robinson Jeffers

Nonmetrical Verse:  Shorter Lines

                “Pastoral,” William Carlos Williams

                “Poem,” William Carlos Williams

Syllabics and Prose Poems 

                “To a Steam Roller,” Marianne Moore

                “Looking at a Dead Wren in My Hand,” Robert Bly

Questions and Suggestions 

 Poems to Consider

“Balloons,” Sylvia Plath

“Blue Plums,” Geri Doran

“At Pegasus,” Terrance Hayes

“The Truth Is Forced,” May Swenson

“Pure,” Carol Frost

“By the Charles River,” Scott Hightower

“Bacchae,” Terese Svoboda

“My Dates,” Jeffrey Skinner

 

 5.  THE SOUND AND LOOK OF SENSE 

Visible Form 

                “The Silence of Women,” Liz Rosenberg

                “Smart,” Bruce Bennett

                “A Night Without Stars,” Nancy Eimers

                “Easter Wings,” George Herbert

                “The Red Wheelbarrow,” William Carlos Williams

Repetition 

                “Recuerdo,” Edna St. Vincent Millay

                “Catania to Rome,” Richmond Lattimore

Alliteration and Assonance 

                “Power to the People,” Howard Nemerov

Rhyme 

                “Arms and the Boy,” Wilfred Owen

                “After Apple-Picking,” Robert Frost

Onomatopoeia

                “Player Piano,” John Updike

Questions and Suggestions 

 Poems to Consider

“Dear Petrarch,” Cate Marvin

“Bleeder,” Stephen Dobyns

“Don’t Look Back,” Kay Ryan

“January II,” Charles Wright

“After the Trial,” Weldon Kees

“Postolka (Prague),” Christian Wiman

“Reapers,” Jean Toomer

“To Autumn,” John Keats

 

 

PART II:  CONTENT

 

6.  SUBJECT MATTER

                “Men at My Father’s Funeral,” William Matthews

Subjects and Objects

                “A Hill of Beans,” Rita Dove

                “Primary Colors,” Cathy Song

                “Charles Harper Webb,” Charles Harper Webb

Memory

                “Ground Swell,” Mark Jarman

Presenting

                “My Papa’s Waltz,” Theodore Roethke

                “Neutral Tones,” Thomas Hardy

Implication and Focus

                “First Death in Nova Scotia,” Elizabeth Bishop

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “Winter,” Marie Ponsot

“The Beautician,” Thom Gunn

“The Guides,” Rigoberto González

 “Brad Pitt,” Aaron Smith

“Bitch,” Carolyn Kizer

“The Tropics in New York,” Claude McKay

“Détroit Moi,” Al Young

 

 7.  METAPHOR

                “The Death of a Small Town,” B. H. Fairchild

                “The White Dress,” Lynn Emanuel

Figuratively Speaking

                “Look Here,” Pamela Alexander

                “I heard a fly buzz–when I died–,” Emily Dickinson

                “We Wear the Mask,” Paul Lawrence Dunbar

A Name for Everything

                “Putting a Burden Down,” Molly Peacock

Pattern and Motif

                “My Grandmother’s Love Letters,” Hart Crane

Conceits

                “Music at Night,” Mary Oliver

                “A Valediction:  Forbidden Mourning,” John Donne

Metaphoric Implication

                “Sonnet 30,” William Shakespeare

                “The House Slave,” Rita Dove

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

“The Empire in the Air,” Kevin Prufer

“Song,” Frank Bidart

“What Are Years?,” Marianne Moore

“Rowing,” Jeffrey Harrison

“X,” Carl Phillips

“Far Niente,” Heather McHugh

“School Dance,” Bruce Snider

“Blue,” Reginald Shepard

 

 8.  TALE, TELLER, TONE

                “Siren,” Amy Gerstler

                “Adlestrop,” Edward Thomas

Narration and Action

                “Minor Miracle,” Marilyn Nelson

                “Understanding Fiction,” Henry Taylor

Persona

                “Pit Pony,” William Greenway

                “Daisies,” Louise Glück

Point of View

                “My Last Duchess,” Robert Browning

                “When Someone Dies Young,” Robin Becker

Tone

                “Lunch by the Grand Canal,” Richard Lyons

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “Personals,” C.D. Wright

“The Wood-pile,” Robert Frost

“Halflife,” Meghan O’Rourke

“Last Day,” Timothy Liu

“The Shadow-Line,” William Logan

“Butane, Kerosene, Gasoline,” Ann Townsend

“Unyieldingly Present,” Lawrence Joseph

“The Hare,” Henri Cole

 

9.  THE MYSTERIES OF LANGUAGE

The Sense of Nonsense

                “Jabberwocky,” Lewis Carroll

                “A Guide to the Stone Age,” James Tate

                “What Do I See?,” Gertrude Stein

The Logic of the Analogic

                “Daytrip to Paradox,” Dara Wier

                “At North Farm,” John Ashbery

Ordinary Strangeness

                “Ordeal,” Nina Cassian

Translation

                “The Deaf and Blind,” Paul Éluard

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

“Kubla Khan,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“A Hill,” Anthony Hecht

“Remember the Trains?” Martha Collins

“Reading Sonnevi on a Tuesday Night,” Wayne Miller

“Indifference,” Cesare Pavese

“A Hunger So Honed,” Tracy K. Smith

“Everything,” Srikanth Reddy

 “A Story About the Body,” Robert Hass

 

 

PART III:  PROCESS

 

10.  FINDING THE POEM 

                “Reading the Late Henry James,” Natasha Sajé

Imitations and Models

                “Variations on a Text by Vallejo,” Donald Justice

                “Piedra negra sobre una piedra blanca,” César Vallejo

Sources, Currents

                “Sunday Afternoons,” Yusef Komunyakaa

Emotion and Thought

                “After great pain, a formal feeling comes–,” Emily Dickinson

                “The Widow’s Lament in Springtime,” William Carlos Williams

                “The Hawk,” Marianne Boruch

Getting into Words

                “ After Long Silence,” W.B. Yeats

Keeping a Poem Going

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “A Description of the Morning,” Jonathan Swift

“24th and Mission,” Joy Katz

“Ballade Beginning with a Line by Robert Bly,” R.S. Gwynn

“The Starlet,” John Poch

“The Other Cold War,” Adrian Blevins

“Visitation,” Kathy Fagan

“Song,” Brigit Pegeen Kelly

“Nearing Rome,” Rick Barot

 

 11.  DEVISING AND REVISING

                “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” Walt Whitman

Exploring

Trying Out

Focusing

                “The Monkeys,” Marianne Moore

Shaping

                “The Fish,” Marianne Moore

                “Swimmer in the Rain,” Robert Wallace

Drafts

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

 “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World,” Richard Wilbur

“The Edge of the Hurricane,” Amy Clampitt

“Macaroni & Cheese,” Laura Kasischke

“ABC,” Robert Pinsky

“Immediate Revision,” Chase Twichell

“The Day Lady Died,” Frank O’Hara

“Woman on Twenty-Second Eating Berries,” Stanley Plumly

“The Man.  His Bowl.  His Raspberries.” Claudia Rankine

 

 12.  BECOMING A POET

The Growth of a Poet

Going Public

Writing Communities

Getting Organized

Questions and Suggestions

 Poems to Consider

“Rain,” Sidney Wade

“Poem,” Donald Justice

“Workshop,” Billy Collins

“Torch Sonnet III,” Sarah Murphy

“Winter Conception,” Eleanor Wilner

“Meanwhile,” Richard Siken

“The Great Poet Returns,” Mark Strand

“The Next Poem,” Dana Gioia

 

Appendix I:  A Brief Glossary of Forms

Appendix II:  Notes to the Questions and Suggestions

Appendix III: Further Reading 

 

Acknowledgments

Index  of Authors and Titles

Index of Terms

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321474063
Publisher:
Longman
Subject:
Poetry
Author:
Mann, Randall
Author:
Wallace, Robert
Author:
Wallace, Christine
Author:
Boisseau, Michelle
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Poetry -- Authorship.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
7
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Pearson English Value Textbook Series
Publication Date:
June 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 in 481 gr

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"Synopsis" by , This book offers comprehensive coverage of the creative process and the technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical advice and numerous examples, Writing Poems is appropriate for both the beginning and advanced poet. Its anthology of classic and contemporary poems enlivens its readers' understanding of poetry, illustrates poetic principles, and, above all, inspires writing. With clear explanations, a lively presentation, and in-depth discussions, this book demystifies the process of writing poems and provides the guidance needed to help writers improve their craft. For anyone interested in writing poetry
"Synopsis" by ,

The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems, 7/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works.

"Synopsis" by , The philosophy behind "Writing Poems "is that the traditions and trends of poetry in English are grand and varied enough to give poets what they need to know about poems; in other words, poems teach poets how to write. So the book continues to focus on how poems work and how to use those workings in making one' s own poems. The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems 7/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works. STARTING OUT: An Introduction; VERSE; MAKING THE LINE; THE SOUND AND LOOK OF SENSE; SUBJECT MATTER; METAPHOR; TALE, TELLER, TONE; THE MYSTERIES OF LANGUAGE; FINDING THE POEM; DEVISING AND REVISING; BECOMING A POET Anyone who wants to become a poet.
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