Mooring Against the Tide Writing Fiction and Poetry

ISBN-10: 0131787853
ISBN-13: 9780131787858
Edition: 2nd 2006
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Book details

List price: $115.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 1/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

This guide to creative writing explores the two genres of poetry and fiction, and defines the basic elements of each. It offers a hands-on approach to writing, and includes essays from noted authors that enable readers to witness the creative evolution of poems and stories. Clearly written and organized, it also contains student writing samples and an easy-to-use guide to the workshop. The section on poetry covers such topics as imagery, lines and stanzas, sound, rhyme and meter, voice, and point of view. The fiction section looks at point of view, plot, character, setting, dialogue, style, tone, voice, and theme. For aspiring writers who view the writing process as a dynamic one, and are looking to improve their editing and critiquing skills.

Preface
Poetry
Getting Started
Imagery
"Laying Bare the Bones: A Meditation on Imagery"
Lines and Stanzas
"Hey, Good Lookin', Haven't We Met Somewhere Before?"
Sound and the Poem
"Degas in Vegas: Some Thoughts on Sound in Poetry"
Rhyme and Meter, the Music of Poems
"Meter and Rhyme"
Voice and How We Create It in Poems
"Voice: What You Say and How Readers Hear It"
Point of View in Poems
"Point of View in Poetry"
Fixed Forms: Creating Our Poetic World
"Form in Poetry"
Putting It All Together: The Whole Poem
"Lorca's Duende, The Art of Zingers in Poetry Workshops, or How to Teach Students to Energize Their Poems"
Revision
"Moonsheen and Porchlight: Revision as Illumination"
The Poetry Workshop
Workshopping a Free Verse Poem
Workshopping a Fixed Form Poem
Poems for Further Reading
On Reading Poetry
The Eagle
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
I Think I Could Turn and Live with Animals
On Being Brought from Africa to America
She's Free
Killers
Sonnet: 14 "If thou must love me ..."
In Which She Satisfies a Fear with the Rhetoric of Tears
The Movies
A Winter Ride
The Fathers
An American Tale of Sex and Death
The Passing House
At A Wedding in Mexico City
Nureyev's Feet
Found Map of Spain
Anniversary
Waking
Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain
Sermon of the Fallen
Those Riches
Funeral
Song of Napalm
Fish
Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War Between Races
Fiction
Surrounded by Stories: Where Our Stories Come From
"The Second Story: How a Promising Single Episode Might Find Its Fullest Use in Our Fiction"
Point of View
"Touching the Elephant"
Plot
"Fairy Tales Always Come True: Plot and Imagination"
Character
"A Character's Skin"
Setting
"Take Place"
Dialogue
"On Dialogue"
Style, Tone, and Voice
"Voice in Fiction"
Credible Surprise on the Path to Resonance
"Mystery and Surprise"
Theme
Revision
Participating in the Workshop
Workshopping a Story in the First Person
Workshopping a Story in the Third Person
Stories for Further Reading
On Reading Fiction
The Ordinary Son
Shiloh
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Araby
Sweet Feed
Chrysanthemums
The Red Convertible
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
The Lesson
Yours
Glossary
Contributors' Biographies
Credits

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