Discover the poet within! You've read poetry that has touched your heart, and you'd like to improve your own writing technique. But even though you have loads of inspiration, you're discovering that good instruction can be as elusive as a good metaphor. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry will help you compose powerful, emotion-packed poems that you can be proud of. You'll learn simple explanations of poetry building blocks such as metaphor, imagery, symbolism and stanzas; steps to the poetic process; easy-to-follow guidelines for writing sonnets, sestinas, narrative poems and more; fun exercises to help you master the basics of poetry writing; cliches and other poetry pitfalls to avoid; advice on writers' conferences and workshops; tips on getting your poetry published; good poems that will inspire your own work; strategies to beat writer's block.
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You’re no idiot, of course. You’ve read poetry that has touched your heart, and you’d like to improve your own writing technique. But even though you have loads of inspiration, you’re discovering that good instruction can be as elusive as a good metaphor.
Don’t let your Muse leave you! With loads of smart advice and helpful exercises, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Writing Poetry will help you compose powerful, emotion-packed poems that you can be proud of. In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get:
--Simple explanations of the building blocks of poetry—metaphor, imagery, symbolism, repetition, and more.
--A step-by-step guide to the poetic process—from your first inspiration to your poem’s last stanza.
--Easy-to-follow guidelines for writing sonnets, sestinas, narrative poems, and more!
From the Author:
Remember the excitement of writing that first haiku in fourth grade, how proud you were of counting those syllables, 5-7-5, and having the poem come out just right? I do. I also remember writing a term paper on the poet Robert Frost in 11th grade – I fell in love with his language and found myself intrigued with his tragic history. I’ve been hooked on poetry ever since. I’ve made it a big part of my life.
If you’re reading this letter, chances are that you share a similar feeling. Once it gets into you, poetry has a way of staying put. Poetry is an art whose fans and critics are also practitioners as well. Rarely does a fan of classical music take up composing, or an art critic take up sculpting. But poetry is special. You can practice it anywhere – at home, work, in prison, on a deserted island – provided you have a pencil and a scrap of paper.
I believe that beginners first come to poetry as an art partly because they already own the tools to make it. If you can read and write, chances are you also can pen a poem. But there’s a misconception that a pen and paper is all you need. A great poem takes more than just the ability to form legible words with a ballpoint. Much more.
This book will take you though the skills you require to become a good poet. I can’t promise you greatness and fame, but I can promise you that you’ll learn the parts and pieces that make up a poem – the feeling and inspiration are between you and your muse. You’ll also get practical advice on journaling, revision, workshops, reading in public, poetry exercises, and the recognition most poets desire – publishing.
Are you going to find everything you need to know about poetry here? Well, no. But you’ll find more than a start – this book will take you far beyond novice status if you practice along with the exercises and suggestions – you may even find some great successes along the way.
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Book Description ALPHA, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. WHAT IS POETRY AND HOW DO I WRITE. 1. What Is Poetry and How Do I Begin to Write? Where Does Poetry Come From? Reading and Writing. What Is a Poet? Do You Have to Have Talent to Write Poetry? Why Write Poems? Uses for a Poem. Exercises. 2. Exposing Poetry's Bones: What Poetry Is Made Of. Rivets and Beams. Nuts 'n' Bolts. Content (What Are You Going to Write About?). Basic Types of Poems. How Do I Put All These Things Together? Exercises. 3. Getting Started (and Over the Fear of Starting!): The Poetic Process. The Poet's Toolbox. The Blank Page. Great Openings. How to Know If What You Are Writing Is Good. Exercises. 4. All Your Words Fit to Print (and Some That Aren't!): Keeping Journals. What Is Journaling? Types of Journals. The Short Course in Journaling. Extracting Poems from Your Journals. A Poem a Day. Exercises. II. OPENING THE STANZA'S DOOR: ENTERING POETRY. 5. Painting with Words: Imagery. No Ideas but in Things. The Five Senses. Painting with Words: How to Create an Image. Exercises. 6. Metaphorically Speaking. Metaphor. When Good Metaphors Go Bad: Mixed Metaphor. How to Create a Metaphor. Exercises for the Metaphorically Impaired. 7. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. Repeating Words. Repeating Phrases and Refrains. Beginning and Ending Repetition. Anaphora. Image and Symbol Repetition. Syntactical Repetition. Metrical Repetition. Sonic Repetition. Exercises. 8. The Sound of Music. The Music of Poetry. Rhyme. Rhyme Scheme. Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance. Tone, Voice, and Diction. Meter. Exercises. 9. You've Got Rhythm: Metrical Poetry. Why Poets Use Meter. What Is Meter? Blank Verse. Accentual and Syllabic Meter. Exercises. III. POPULAR TYPES OF POEMS AND HOW TO WRITE THEM. 10. Tell Me a Story: Narrative Poetry. Cause and Effect. Who's the Speaker? Point of View. Dialogue. The Ballad. Exercises. 11. Love and the Great Beyond. Wooing 101: Love Poems. Death and Grieving. Exercises. 12. The Three Faces of Eve: Persona Poems and Letter Poems. Persona Poems. The Epistle Poem. Exercises. 13. Spellbinding!: List Poems and Rituals. Starting with a List. Rituals. Exercises. 14. Some Fun Fixed Forms. Sonnets. Villanelle. Sestina. Canzone. Pantoum. Ghazal. Haiku and Tanka. Poems to Dance By. Triolet. Exercises. 15. More Fun Forms. Acrostic. Ars Poetica. Aubade. Cento. Concrete Poetry and Calligrams. Found Poems. Light Verse. Ode. Pastoral. Prose Poem. Other Fun Forms to Try. Exercises. IV. POETRY AND PRACTICALITY. 16. Cursed Be He Who Stirs My Bones!: Avoiding Poetry Pitfalls. Using Poetic Conventions. Language Problems. Lack of Focus. Punctuation Problems. Grammar in a Poem? Telling, Not Showing. Musical Matters. Subject Matter Matters. Exercises. 17. How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?: Revision, Revision, Revision. Revise Away! Murdering Your Darlings. Why Revise? When Good Poems Go Bad: The Quick Fix. Enough Is Just Enough. The Death of a Poem. A Sample Revision. Exercises. 18. To Slam or Not To Slam?: Reading Your Poetry in Public. Why Should I Read Poetry in Public? Where to Read. What to Expect at a Reading. Audience Etiquette. Reader Etiquette. Slamming and the Spoken Word. Writing for Listeners. Starting a Reading Series or a Slam. Exercises. 19. Writing in a Vacuum: Workshops, Colonies, Conferences. What Is a Poetry Workshop? Starting a Workshop. Finding Mr. or Mrs. Critic Right. Writers' Conferences. Writers' Colonies. The Creative Writing Degree. Exercises. 20. Your Name in Print: Getting Published.</. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028641418
Book Description ALPHA, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0028641418
Book Description ALPHA, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0028641418
Book Description ALPHA, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110028641418