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Poetry For Dummies Paperback – May 15 2001
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From the Back Cover
Get expert tips on writing your own poems
Understand and appreciate the pleasures of poetry
Can't tell the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Don't worry! This friendly guide demystifies all that complicated jargon and explains how to truly enjoy poetry. The authors walk you through poetry's history, show you where to find exciting contemporary readings, and provide easy exercises to stimulate your own poetic juices.
Praise for Poetry For Dummies
"Poetry For Dummies is a pleasant romp... with tons of information, informally and intelligently presented....A fine introduction to poetry."
Willis Barnstone, author of Sappho: A New Translation and Algebra of Night
"Amaze and delight your friends at coffee houses or cocktail parties! Nobody who reads this welcoming and enlightening introduction to poetry from Sappho to slams will be a dummy about poetry anymore."
Ed Taylor, Executive Director, just buffalo literary center
Discover how to:
Understand the language and forms of poetry
Interpret a poem's possible meanings
Get a handle on poetry through the ages
Find poetry readings near you
Write your own poems
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About the Author
The Poetry Center in San Francisco sponsors readings and awards and houses a renowned poetry archive. John Timpane, Ph.D., is the author of It Could Be Verse: Anybody's Guide to Poetry. Maureen Watts is a writer and longtime poetry activist who serves on the board of the National Poetry Association
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Guess I qualify as a "Dummie!"
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patrick
I was a bit skeptical about this book before I bought it but I'm really getting a lot out of it. I don't know anything at all about poetry prior to buying this but it really walks... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2014 by Buyer 69
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