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A Poet's Guide to Poetry (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, & Publishing)by Mary Kinzie
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In A Poets Guide to Poetry, Mary Kinzie brings her decades of expertise as poet, critic, and director of the creative writing program at Northwestern University to bear in a comprehensive reference work for any writer wishing to better understand poetry. Detailing the formal concepts of poetry and methods of poetic analysis, she shows how the craft of writing can guide the art of reading poems. Using examples from the major traditions of lyric and meditative poetry in English from the medieval period to the present, Kinzie considers the sounds and rhythms of poetry along with the ideas and thought-units within poems. Kinzie also shares her own successful classroom tactics that encourage readers to approach a poem as if it were provisional.
The three parts of A Poets Guide to Poetry lead the reader through a carefully planned introduction to the ways we understand poetry. The first section provides careful, step-by-step instruction to familiarize students with the formal elements of poems, from the most obvious feature through the most subtle. The second part carefully examines meter and rhythm, as well as providing a theoretical and practical overview of free verse. The final section offers helpful chapters on writing in form. Rounding out the volume are writing exercises for beginning and advanced writers, a dictionary of poetic terms, and a bibliography of further reading.
For this new edition, Kinzie has carefully reworked the introductory material and first chapter, as well as amended the annotated bibliography to include the most recent works of criticism. The updated guide also contains revised exercises and adjustments throughout the text to make the work as lucid and accessible as possible.
This collection of interviews and essays presents an entertaining and provocative introduction to the critical thought of Marjorie Perloff. The fourteen interviews — conducted by accomplished scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland — cover many topics: poetrys nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relation to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. The volume also features three essays by Perloff: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on the (re)constitution of the intellectuals in the 21st century. It will be an inspiring resource for both scholars and poets who care to live a life of attention, on and off the page of poetry.
Marjorie Perloff writes in her preface to Poetics in a New Key that when she learned David Jonathan Y. Bayot wanted to publish a collection of her interviews and essays, she was at once honored and mystified.” But to Perloffs surprise and her readers delight, the resulting assembly not only presents an accessible and provocative introduction to Perloffs critical thought, but also highlights the wide range of her interests, and the energetic reassessments and new takes that have marked her academic career.
The fourteen interviews in Poetics in a New Key—conducted by scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland, including Charles Bernstein, Hélène Aji, and Peter Nicholls—cover a broad spectrum of topics in the study of poetry: its nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relationship to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. Also featured in the collection are three pieces by Perloff herself: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on twenty-first-century intellectuals. But across all the interviews and essays, Perloffs distinctive personality and approach to reading and talking resound, making this new collection an inspiring resource for scholars both of poetry and writing.
About the Author
Mary Kinzieis a poet and critic. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at Northwestern University, where she teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O. B. Hardison Poetry Award.
Table of Contents
A Note on Sources
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Mind That Reads
1 What the Poem Thinks: A Poetics
Part I The Six Elements of Relation and Resemblance
2 Line and Half-Meaning
3 Syntax and Whole Meaning
4 Diction and Layers in Meaning
5 Trope and Thought
6 Rhetoric and Speech
7 Rhythm as Combination
Part II The Elements, Controlled in Time
8 Accentual-Syllabic Meter: The Role of Stress and Interval
9 Stanza and Rhyme: The Role of Echo
10 Further Rhythms in English—Counted Forms: Accentual Verse and Syllabic Verse (Including Haiku)
11 Further Rhythms in English—Non-Counted Forms: The Four Freedoms of Free Verse
Part III Writing in Form
12 Exercises for Beginning and Advanced Writers
13 Poetic Terms
14 Annotated Bibliography of Further Reading
List of Poems by Form
Author and Title Index
What Our Readers Are Saying
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