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Writing Poems, 8e


The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems, 8/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works.

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ContentsBefore Designing the Course: A Preface to the Teacher xix1 Starting Out: An Introduction 1Word Magic 4Diction 4Syntax 8Pruning and Weeding 10Clarity, Obscurity, and Ambiguity 12Questions and Suggestions 14Poems to Consider Barter RAVI SHANKAR Mule Hour TERRANCE HAYES Famous NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Abstraction GEOFFREY BROCK Reading Sonnevi on a Tuesday Night WAYNE MILLER PART I: FORM 2 Verse 25Line 27Form 29Balance 33Questions and Suggestions 37Poems to Consider the rites for Cousin Vit GWENDOLYN BROOKS Po]tolka (Prague) CHRISTIAN WIMAN Form HEATHER MCHUGH What The Mosquito Gives AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL Traveling through the Dark William Stafford Unconditional Election David Baker 3 Making the Line (I) 44Meter 46Stress 47Speech, Rhythm, and the Line Line Length Questions and Suggestions 60Poems to Consider Sisyphus JAY LEEMINGSigns Gjertrud Schnackenberg What We Know About Ghost Images DEBORAH BOGEN Eva Braun at Berchtesgaden VICTORIA CHANGHer Web 66Erin BelieuOne Art 67Elizabeth Bishop 4 Making the Line (II) 69Longer Lines 70Lines of Mixed Length 72Shorter Lines 74Syllabics Prose Poems 78Questions and Suggestions 80Poems to Consider Meanwhile RICHARD SIKEN Balloons Sylvia Plath Don���t Look Back KAY RYANThe Guides RIGOBERTO GONZALEZ the fever SIMONE MUENCH Gruss DEAN YOUNG 5 The Sound (and Look) of Sense 89Visible Form 91Repetition 95Alliteration and Assonance 97Rhyme 98Onomatopoeia 101Questions and Suggestions 102Poems to Consider Dear Petrarch 104Cate Marvin Do Not Disturb MARY RUEFLE Reapers 109 Jean Toomer January II 106 Charles Wright After the Trial 107 Weldon Kees PART II: CONTENT6 Subject Matter 113Subjects and Objects 115Memory 120Imagery 122Resonant Detail 125Questions and Suggestions 128Poems to Consider Bitch 132Carolyn KizerThe Man. His Bowl. His Raspberries.CLAUDIA RANKINEThe Tropics in New York 133Claude McKay Chrysanthemums SPENCER REECEThe Beautician 130Thom Gunn 7 Metaphor 136Figuratively Speaking 139A Name for Everything 143Pattern and Motif 145Conceits 148Metaphoric Implication 150Questions and Suggestions 152Poems to Consider The Empire in the Air 153Kevin Prufer My Arms PAUL GUEST Rowing JEFFREY HARRISON The Way Things Work JORIE GRAHAM Blue 159Reginald Shepherd 8 Tale, Teller, and Tone 160Narration, Pacing, and Tense 162Persona 165Point of View 168Tone 172Questions and Suggestions 174Poems to Consider Personals 175C. D. Wright[writing for a young man on the redline train: ���to his boy mistress���] D.A. POWELL Bleeder STEPHEN DOBYNS Winter MARIE PONSOT The Wood-Pile 176Robert Frost 9 The Mysteries of Language 182The Sense of Nonsense 183The Logic of the Analogic 188Ordinary Strangeness 191Translation 193Questions and Suggestions 195Poems to Consider Hunger YASSER ABDEL-LATIFRemember the Trains? 200Martha CollinsA Hunger So Honed 202Tracy K. SmithEverything 203Srikanth Reddy The Moon jaime sabinesPart III: Process 10 Finding the Poem 207Imitation and Models 208Sources and ���Truth��� 212Emotion and Thought 214Getting into Words 218Keeping a Poem Going 220Questions and Suggestions 223Poems to Consider The Other Cold War 227Adrian Blevins Realism CZESLAW MILOSZOff-Season at the Edge of the World DEBORA GREGERVisitation 228Kathy FaganSong 228Brigit Pegeen Kelly 11 Devising and Revising 231Exploring 231Focusing 235Shaping 237Creating Community Submitting Your Work Questions and Suggestions 246Poems to Consider Workshop 271Billy CollinsImmediate Revision 252Chase TwichellMuse KIM ADDONIZIOThe Next Poem 275Dana GioiaWinter Conception 273Eleanor WilnerAppendix I: Questions for Discussing and Revising Poetry 277Appendix II: A Brief Glossary of Forms 283Acknowledgments 295Index of Authors and Titles 301Index of Terms 307

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