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The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems (Harvest Original)

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Long before she fell in love with Tuscany, Frances Mayes fell in love with poetry. The author of five poetry collections, she was also a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University. In this accessible field guide, Mayes invites readers to share her lifelong passion. Beginning with basic terminology and techniques, The Discovery of Poetry reveals how focusing on each aspect of a poem can help you better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the whole reading and writing experience. In addition to creative composition ideas, lyrical and lively discussions are followed by a thoughtful selection of poems. With its distinguished

anthology of work from Shakespeare to Jamaica Kincaid, this is an insightful, invaluable guide to what Mayes calls "the natural pleasures of language-a happiness we were born to have."

Frances Mayes is the author of the bestselling Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, and In Tuscany, which have been translated into twenty languages. She has written five books of poetry including, most recently, Ex Voto. Formerly the chair of the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University, she divides her time northern California and Cortona, Italy.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun brings poetry

out of the classroom and into the homes of everyday readers.

Before she fell in love with Tuscany, Frances Mayes fell in love with verse. After publishing five books of poetry and teaching creative writing for more than twenty-five years, Mayes is no stranger to the subject. In The Discovery of Poetry, an accessible "field guide" to reading and writing poetry, she shares her passion with readers. Beginning with basic terminology and techniques, from texture and sound to rhyme and repetition, Mayes shows how focusing on one aspect of a poem can help you to better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the reading and writing experience. In addition to many creative and helpful composition ideas, following each lyrical and lively discussion is a thoughtful selection of poems. With its wonderful anthology from Shakespeare to Jamaica Kinkaid, The Discovery of Poetry is an insightful, invaluable guide to what Mayes calls "the natural pleasures of language-a happiness we were born to have."

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" brings poetry out of the classroom and into the homes of everyday readers.

About the Author

Frances Mayes is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, and In Tuscany, as well as five books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto. Until last year, she taught at San Francisco State University, where she was Chair of the Creative Writing Department. Mayes has published poems in the Atlantic Monthly, the Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Mother Jones, the New England Review, the Mississippi Review, and more. She divides her time between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy.

Table of Contents

Contents

Invitation

1. Sources and Approaches

The Origin of a Poem

The Art of Reading

Poems

2. Words: Texture and Sound

Texture of Language

Choosing Words

The Muscle of Language

Sound Patterns

The Surprise of Language

The Kinship of Words

Poems

3. Images: The Perceptual Field

Three Image Poems

Images and Perception

Literal Images

Poems

Figurative Images

Symbols

Poems

4. The Speaker: The Eye of the Poem

The Invented "I"

The Personal "I" Speaker

The Public Voice

The Invisible Speaker

Poems

5. Rhyme and Repetition

Rhyme

Poems

Repetition

Poems

6. Meter: The Measured Flow

What Is Meter?

Scansion

Iambic Pentameter

More Key Meters

Two Other Metrical Options

Rhythm and Meaning

Poems

7. Free Verse

The Genesis of Free Verse

The Free Verse Craft of the Line

Voice

Free Verse, the Tradition and Beyond

Poems

8. Traditional and Open Forms

Looking at Forms

Traditional Forms

Poems

Open Forms

Prose Poems

Open Forms Poems

9. Subject and Style

Types of Poems

Style

Poems on Four Subjects

Poems

10. Interpretation:

The Wide Response

What Is Meaning?

Gaps and Holes

Power Sources

Critical Discriminations

Poems

11. A Poet's Handbook

Invoking Your Muse

Beginning with a White Page

Suggestions for Writing and Revising

Exercises

Your Poems out the Door

Index of Titles

Index of Authors and Titles

Index of Terms and Topics


Product Details

ISBN:
9780156007627
Author:
Mayes, Frances
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
English poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Series Volume:
106-20
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by ,
The bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun brings poetry

out of the classroom and into the homes of everyday readers.

Before she fell in love with Tuscany, Frances Mayes fell in love with verse. After publishing five books of poetry and teaching creative writing for more than twenty-five years, Mayes is no stranger to the subject. In The Discovery of Poetry, an accessible "field guide" to reading and writing poetry, she shares her passion with readers. Beginning with basic terminology and techniques, from texture and sound to rhyme and repetition, Mayes shows how focusing on one aspect of a poem can help you to better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the reading and writing experience. In addition to many creative and helpful composition ideas, following each lyrical and lively discussion is a thoughtful selection of poems. With its wonderful anthology from Shakespeare to Jamaica Kinkaid, The Discovery of Poetry is an insightful, invaluable guide to what Mayes calls "the natural pleasures of language-a happiness we were born to have."

"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" brings poetry out of the classroom and into the homes of everyday readers.

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