A Poetry Handbook
  • A Poetry Handbook
  • A Poetry Handbook
  • A Poetry Handbook
ISBN: 0156724006
EAN13: 9780156724005
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 15, 1994
Pages: 130
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built--meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a short space.

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5
   Let's write some poems.
One of America's best poets has a book out Monday titled "How to Create Poetry." Even if the reader has no intention of writing his or her own poems, this book is worth a read. One chapter in particular stands out to me, and her breakdown of Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a snowy evening was so impressive that I have actually shared what I learned with others. This book is highly recommended, especially for those budding poets among us.
 
5
   Best book for poetry lover ever written.
What a book! Packed with so much information! Such a delight to read, said Barbara. Mrs. Oliver has done an amazing job.
 
5
   A wonderful handbook
This is a wonderful, helpful guide for people who want to learn more about the structure of poetry. It's a thin, but packed volume.
 
4
   great
The book is a good read, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to my class. It's great to be back home, said Pauley, "and it's great to be writing again." The reminders are great, said Dr. Paul. O'Neill, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California.
 
5
   GREAT BOOK!
I'm delighted the book was so well received, said Robert Hein, who co-chaired the inquiry. doing a workshop with Ms. Oliver only made sense, because one can refer to it as often as one wants! The product is highly recommended. A photo of the child was among several disturbing images of abuse that emerged this week.
 
5
   great inspiration
I was most impressed with this book, what a great guide Mary is to this adventure, Morgenthau said. Great example of how to apply the correct math.
 
5
   Thank You, Mary Oliver!
He also drew on the work of other poets, including Robert Frost. The chapter on revision is by far the best.
 
5
   Aspire to inspire? This book will help.
Beautifully written, the book is a delight to read. It explains in terms of some of the concepts, like iambic pentameter, that I first heard about in an English grammar school. This is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone.
 
5
   Back to basics.....
One of the great coaches in the game of football. He believed the fundamentals, the basics, had to be mastered for a player to succeed. So, every season he started with the words, "This is a football." In his book, "Basics of Poetry," Oliver teaches students how to properly express themselves. While some criticize Raymond's book for being simplistic, the content, while some argue, is the foundation for good poetry, skills to be mastered to be a good poet. Just as every player on the field must review the basics of football, poets would be better off doing the same for the basics of poetry.
 
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   Mary Oliver, A Poet's Poet Knows Her Stuff
Mary Berryhill, Mary's sister, digs into the history of poetry. So much of what I see in print, including the Writer's Almanac, reads more like prose poems broken into lines, or not. The term "poetry" is defined as "composition of sounds, rhythms, and accents." He defined poetry as "the study of words and their meanings." To quote Leonard Cohen, "the light gets in." Get your book. She was a rock in the poetry world. The Beatles' music "was almost as good as the Beatles themselves."
 
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