The discovery of poetry : a field guide to reading and writing poems

by Frances Mayes

Paper Book, 2001

Status

Available

Publication

San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.

Description

THE DISCOVERY OF POETRY introduces the art and craft of poetry. From an early tribal orison on the rising sun to a recent freeway lyric just out of the word processor, poems always reveal the writer's concerns, feelings, and values. Starting with words and images, this book hopes to help the student understand the importance of word choice and image-making, building a foundation as he or she learns about rhythm, voice, and structure. Questions and writing prompts help facilitate class discussion and a deeper thinking about poetry. The last chapter, "A Poet's Handbook," breaks down the creative process of the poet from creating images to revision. THE DISCOVERY OF POETRY will help facilitate a deeper appreciation and understanding of poetry.

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LibraryThing member ChuckB
Here, the writer of Under the Tuscan Sun returns to her first love--poetry. She begins with the basics, but then digs deeper to draw more from verse and add layers of meaning and imagery to the words on the page. Impressive, with great exercises as well.

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