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From one of the most esteemed American poets of the twenty-first century comes a celebration of poetry and an invitation for anyone to experience its beauty and wonder.

Full of fresh and exciting insights, Making Your Own Days illuminates the somewhat mysterious subject of poetry for those who read it and for those who write it—as well as for those who would like to read and write it better. By treating poetry not as a special use of language but as a distinct language—unlike the one used in prose and conversation—Koch clarifies the nature of poetic inspiration, how poems are written and revised, and what happens to the heart and mind while reading a poem.

Koch also provides a rich anthology of more than ninety works from poets past and present. Lyric poems, excerpts from long poems and poetic plays, poems in English, and poems in translation from Homer and Sappho to Lorca, Snyder, and Ashbery; each selection is accompanied by an explanatory note designed to complement and clarify the text and to put pleasure back into the experience of poetry.

About the Author

Kenneth Koch is the author of many books of poetry, most recently Straits, and won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1994. He has also published fiction and plays, as well as books on the teaching of poetry: Wishes, Lies and Dreams; Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and I Never Told Anybody. He lives in New York City, where he is professor of English at Columbia University.

Table of Contents


A Brief Preface

Part I The Language of Poetry

1. The Two Languages

2. Music

Repetition and Rhythm
Line Division
Non-Metrical Poetry
Non-Rhyming and Irregularly Rhyming Poetry
Stanzas and Poetic Forms
3. The Inclinations of the Poetry Language
Personification and Apostrophe
A Few Other Inclinations
4. The Poetry Base

Part II Writing and Reading Poetry

1. Inspiration

2. Writing

3. Reading

Long Poems
Dramatic Poetry
Poetry in Other Languages and in Translation

Part III An Anthology of Poems



Product Details

Koch, Kenneth
Touchstone Books
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Books & Reading
Composition & Creative Writing - Poetry
General Poetry
Literary Criticism : General
Anthology of Poetry; Literary Criticism; Poetry; How to Read Literature Like a Professor; Understanding Poetry; Understanding a Poem; Homer; Sappho; Lorca; Snyder; Ashbery; Good Poetry; Good Poems; Fun Poems; Fun Poetry
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
April 1999
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8.44 x 5.5 in 9.765 oz

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