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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552724
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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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

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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.
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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 :)
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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!"
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