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Poetry for Dummies

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Table of Contents

Introduction. About This Book. How This Book Is Organized. Part I: Reading and Understanding Poetry. Part II: In the Beginning Was a Poem. Part III: Writing Poetry: A Guide for Aspiring Poets. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Part V: Appendixes. Icons Used in This Book. Where to Go from Here. Part I: Reading and Understanding Poetry. Chapter 1: Poetry 101. Chapter 2: Subject, Tone, and Narrative. Chapter 3: Tuning In to Language. Chapter 4: The Art of Interpretation. Chapter 5: Connecting with Poems from the Past. Part II: In the Beginning Was a Poem. Chapter 6: An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: From the Earliest Poetry to the 1700s. Chapter 7: An Intelligent Hustle through Poetic History: The 19th Century to the Present. Chapter 8: Calling the Muse. Chapter 9: Writing Open-Form Poetry. Chapter 10: Working with Traditional Forms of Verse. Chapter 11: Putting Pen to Paper: Writing Exercises for Poets. Chapter 12: Going Public with Your Poetry. Chapter 13: Getting Published. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: Ten Myths about Poets and Poetry. Chapter 15: Ten Poems Worth Memorizing. Chapter 16: Ten Love Poems. Part V: Appendixes. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: Poetry Timeline. Appendix C: Resources. Permissions. Index. Book Registration Information.

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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