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Poetry for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

309 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: May 2001

ISBN-13: 9780764552724

ISBN-10: 0764552724

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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as "the best words in the best order." St. Augustine called it "the Devil's wine." For Shelley, poetry was "the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than five millennia. That's because for the attentive reader, poetry has the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightning bolts flashing in the brain -- to throw open the doors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel's edge.

"Poetry For Dummies" is a great guide to reading and writing poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested in verse. From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley to Ginsberg, it introduces you to poetry's greatest practitioners. It arms you with the tools you need to understand and appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your own talent as a poet. Discover how to: Understand poetic language and formsInterpret poemsGet a handle on poetry through the agesFind poetry readings near youWrite your own poemsShop your work around to publishers

Don't know the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and it covers a lot more ground besides, including: Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poetic languageMastering the three steps to interpretationFacing the challenges of older poetryExploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the global villageWriting open-form poetryWorking with traditional forms of verseWriting exercises for aspiring poetsGetting published

From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone in between, "Poetry For Dummies" puts you in touch with the greats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing a ghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book for you.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: May 2001
ISBN-13: 9780764552724
ISBN-10: 0764552724
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 309
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 0978076455272

Chapter outline

Introduction
Reading and Understanding Poetry
Poetry 101
Subject, Tone, and Narrative
Tunning In to Language
The Art of Interpretation
Connecting with Poems from the Past
In the Beginning Was a Poem
An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: From the Earliest Poetry to the 1700s
An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: The 19th Century to the Present
Writing Poetry: A Guide for Aspiring Poets
Calling the Muse
Writing Open-Form Poetry
Working with Traditional Forms of Verse
Putting Pen to Paper: Writing Exercises for Poets
Going Public with Your Poetry
Getting Published
The Part of Tens
Ten Myths about Poets and Poetry
Ten Poems Worth Memorizing
Ten Love Poems
Appendixes
Glossary
Poetry Timeline
Resources
Permissions
Index
Book Registration Information

Book description

Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best words in the best order.” St. Augustine called it “the Devil’s wine.” For Shelley, poetry was “the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.” But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than five millennia.

That’s because for the attentive reader, poetry has the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightning bolts flashing in the brain — to throw open the doors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel’s edge.

Poetry For Dummies is a great guide to reading and writing poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested in verse.  From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley to Ginsberg, it introduces you to poetry’s greatest practitioners.

It arms you with the tools you need to understand and appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your own talent as a poet. Discover how to:

  • Understand poetic language and forms
  • Interpret poems
  • Get a handle on poetry through the ages
  • Find poetry readings near you
  • Write your own poems
  • Shop your work around to publishers

Don’t know the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and it covers a lot more ground besides, including:

  • Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poetic language
  • Mastering the three steps to interpretation
  • Facing the challenges of older poetry
  • Exploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the global village
  • Writing open-form poetry
  • Working with traditional forms of verse
  • Writing exercises for aspiring poets
  • Getting published

From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone in between, Poetry For Dummies puts you in touch with the greats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing a ghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book for you.

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