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Finch, Annie, 1956-
A poet's craft : a comprehensive guide to making and sharing your poetry / Annie Finch
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN1059.A9 F56 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Poetry -- Authorship
Poetry -- Authorship -- Study and teaching
Poetry -- Study and teaching
Creative writing -- Study and teaching
Physical Description xxxv, 695 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes index
Contents Part 1: Invoking poems: inspirations and materials -- 1. Inspiration: the wood between the worlds -- 2. Poetry as nourishment: how to read like a poet -- 3. Thirty-nine ways to make a poem: a generative resource -- 4. The raw material: words and their roots -- 5. Three modes of poetry: lyric, dramatic, and narrative -- Part 2: Making poems: sense and sound -- 6. Making senses: imagery and abstraction -- 7. Turn, turn, turn: metaphors and other tropes -- 8. What if a much of a which of a word-music? -- 9. Syntax and rhetorical structure: words in order and disorder -- 10. Stop making sense: exploratory poetics and poetic experiments -- Part 3: Breathing poems: rhythm and meter -- 11. Hearing the beat: accent and accentual poetry -- 12. Meter: a language for the body -- 13. The many voices of iambic meter -- 14. The metrical palette: beyond iambic pentameter -- 15. Forms of free verse -- Part 4: Shaping poems: structure and form -- 16. Stanzas: a poem's breathing rooms -- 17. Worth repeating: forms based on repetition -- 18. Chaos in fourteen lines: the sonnet -- 19. Deep story: the ballad -- Part 5: Sharing poems: publishing and performing -- 20. Revisioning revision -- 21. Bearing the gift: sharing your poetry through publication and readings -- 22. Getting it together: creating a chapbook or book
Summary A Poet's Craft transcends the limitations of current books, combining the best of three types of poetry-writing guides: textbooks for academic use, general guides to writing poetry, and guides to writing in form. Like textbooks, it includes poetry-writing exercises and discussion of classic and contemporary poems as examples, and is logically organized to provide a complete overview of the elements of poetry writing, from diction to trope to free verse. Like general poetry guides, it has a tone lively and mature enough for the nonundergraduate, and includes sections on journaling and inspiration, revision, publishing, and even how to assemble a poetry book. Like form guides, A Poet's Craft provides an introduction to meter and to writing formal poetry. Finch's book goes further than any form guide now available to give readers a thorough, eclectic, and exciting introduction to poetic form
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