on March 27, 2004
Poetry for Dummies was another of those books I was really hoping I didn't like. The whole "For Dummies" series gets on my nerves to begin with, so it is double trouble when I picked this title up and found it valuable on so many counts.
The opening section: Poetry 101 is an excellent read and in and of itself makes the book worth the purchase.
Each chapter clearly marks the intent across the top and is chock filled with check lists, hints and suggestions for the reader AND the practicing (new and old alike) poet. I was thinking, "This will all be old hat, I am sure" until I saw the authors include the staff from The Poetry Center in San Francisco.
What poet or poet-in-the-making doesn't nod, smile and point when we read this affirmation? "Poetry has more meaning, music and emotion per words, per syllable, per letter than any other kind of writing." (I could have sworn I heard an "Amen!" from the crowd or maybe... that was me.)
The book also includes some very valuable appendices with websites and poetry organizations.
Excellent resource for all poets and the people who love them. Check this one out.
on February 19, 2007
I am a University student studying to get my Bachelor of Arts degree in English, so I have had to do a bit of studying on Poetry. In my Criticism course there was a large section devoted to poetics, and as hard as I tried, I just did not understand it all...it was NOT sinking in. I read the course notes and listened to my lectures, but it wasn't sinking in. So, I got this book...and boy did it help!! It broke down all the concepts into easily understandable venacular, and FINALLY >>> I got it!! I don't think that I could have passed my course without it! I really wish they would make it one of the course textbooks, and in fact when they asked for comments on the course, I suggested it :) I don't understand why things have to be so difficult when there are books like these out there...learning should be enjoyable, and this book really helped to make that happen for me :)
on December 30, 2001
Poetry For Dummies is the first book of its kind to be readable, sensible and understandable. For the novice or the more proficient, it is a great source book. Lots of innovative ideas and suggestions as well as rock solid poetic info! The college course I took in Creative Poetry (an upper division course!) didn't give me the easy access and insight that this book did.
Guess I qualify as a "Dummie!"
on July 4, 2015
I have been writing poetry for 15 years, and after only reading the first two chapters, I am really impressed with what the book has to offer. Poetry 101 for sure; I knew I missed out never studying poetry in school, this books lets me catch up with the common knowledge on the subject.