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Writing Poetry

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ISBN-10: 0028641418

ISBN-13: 9780028641416

Edition: 2001

Authors: Nikki Moustaki

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Is writing poetry alive and well beyond the ivory walls of academia? Yes, and it always has been.. Poetry has never lost its original purpose-as a means of expression for anyone and everyone. With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry, aspiring poets-those who write for their own pleasure and those who dream of publication-will have the world of poetry opened wide for them. They'll learn the poetic process, how to "paint with words" using imagery, metaphors, repetition, rhyme, tenor, tone, and voice and how to deal with writer's block. Lessons on writing love poems, chants, sonnets, epics, political satire, limericks and more are also included. Poetry groups, conferences,…    
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

What Is Poetry and How Do I Write It?
What Is Poetry and How Do I Begin to Write?
Where Does Poetry Come From?
How Does Poetry Function?
How a Poem Functions
Reading and Writing
What Is a Poet?
Do You Have to Have Talent to Write Poetry?
Why Write Poems?
Uses for a Poem
Exposing Poetry's Bones: What Poetry Is Made Of
Rivets and Beams
Nuts 'n' Bolts
Hyperbole and Understatement
Content (What Are You Going to Write About?)
Basic Types of Poems
Formal Poetry
Free Verse
Performance Poetry
How Do I Put All These Things Together?
Getting Started (and Over the Fear of Starting!): The Poetic Process
The Poet's Toolbox
Writing Utensils
Write On!
A Room of One's Own
Other Essentials
The Blank Page
Waiting for the Muse
Reading for Inspiration
Freeing Yourself of the Ordinary
A Note on Practice
Great Openings
How to Know If What You Are Writing Is "Good"
The Five Senses
Have You Said What You Wanted to Say?
Words, Words, Words
Show Your Writing to Someone Else
All Your Words Fit to Print (and Some That Aren't!): Keeping Journals
What Is Journaling?
The Importance of Journaling
The Difference Between a Journal and a Diary
When to Write in Your Journal
Types of Journals
The Short Course in Journaling
Extracting Poems from Your Journals
A Poem a Day
Opening the Stanza's Door: Entering Poetry
Painting with Words: Imagery
No Ideas but in Things
Show, Don't Tell
Literal and Figurative Images
Abstract vs. Concrete
The Five Senses
Visual Imagery
Auditory Imagery
Tactile Imagery
Olfactory Imagery
Taste Imagery
Painting with Words: How to Create an Image
Metaphorically Speaking
Tenor and Vehicle
Metonymy and Synecdoche
When Good Metaphors Go Bad: Mixed Metaphor
How to Create a Metaphor
Exercises for the Metaphorically Impaired
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
Repeating Words
Repeating Phrases and Refrains
Beginning and Ending Repetition
Image and Symbol Repetition
Syntactical Repetition
Metrical Repetition
Sonic Repetition
The Sound of Music
The Music of Poetry
Straight Rhyme
Slant Rhyme
Internal Rhyme
Identical Rhyme
Other Types of Rhyme
Rhyme Scheme
Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
Euphony and Cacophony
Tone, Voice, and Diction
You've Got Rhythm: Metrical Poetry
Why Poets Use Meter
What Is Meter?
The Short Course in Counting: Scansion
Metrical Variation
Blank Verse
Sprung Rhythm
Accentual and Syllabic Meter
Popular Types of Poems and How to Write Them
Tell Me a Story: Narrative Poetry
Cause and Effect
Who's the Speaker?
Point of View
First Person: The "I"
Second Person: The "You"
Third Person: "He" and "She" and "It"
The Collective: "We"
The Ballad
Love and the Great Beyond
Wooing 101: Love Poems
Writing the Erotic
Death and Grieving
The Three Faces of Eve: Persona Poems and Letter Poems
Persona Poems
The Dramatic Monologue
The Epistle Poem
Spellbinding!: List Poems and Rituals
Starting with a List
Some Fun Fixed Forms
The Volta
Variations in and on the Sonnet
Haiku and Tanka
Poems to Dance By
More Fun Forms
Ars Poetica
Concrete Poetry and Calligrams
Found Poems
Light Verse
Prose Poem
Other Fun Forms to Try
Poetry and Practicality
Cursed Be He Who Stirs My Bones!: Avoiding Poetry Pitfalls
Using Poetic Conventions
Language Problems
Obvious and Familiar Language
The Verb "To Be"
Lack of Focus
The "Little" Words
Noun-of-Noun Construction
Punctuation Problems
Grammar in a Poem?
Telling, Not Showing
Musical Matters
Wretched Rhyme
Monotonous Meter and Rotten Repetition
Subject Matter Matters
Melodrama and Sentimentality
The "Guess What It Is" Poem
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?: Revision, Revision, Revision
Revise Away!
Murdering Your Darlings
Why Revise?
What About Inspiration?
Letting a Poem "Rest"
When Good Poems Go Bad: The Quick Fix
Enough Is Just Enough
What Does Your Poem Want to Be When It Grows Up?
The Theory That You'll Keep Getting Better
The Death of a Poem
The Benefit of Moving On
A Sample Revision
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
What Is Spoken Word?
How a Slam Works
Writing for Listeners
Starting a Reading Series or a Slam
Writing in a Vacuum: Workshops, Colonies, Conferences
What Is a Poetry "Workshop"?
How a Workshop Works
Become an Active Critic in Your Workshop
Workshop Etiquette
Workshop Pitfalls
Workshops and Other Poetry Forums on the WWW
Starting a Workshop
Finding Mr. or Mrs. Critic "Right"
Writers' Conferences
Writers' Colonies
The Creative Writing Degree
Types of Writing Programs
The Top Writing Programs in the United States
Choosing a Writing Program
Your Name in Print: Getting Published
Why Do You Want to Be Published?
How to Get Your Poems Published
Where to Send Your Poems
When to Send Your Poems
How to Send Your Poems
Submission No-Nos
Simultaneous Submissions
Paying for Publication
Organizing Your Submissions
An Insider Look at the Acceptance/Rejection Process
Rejection ... and More Rejection
Stages of Rejection
The Big Day: Publication!
A First Book
What a Tangled Web We Weave
Pen Out of Ink?: Beating Writer's Block
I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You: From Diann Blakely
A Rose Is Not a Rosa: From Richard Blanco
About the Author: From Catherine Bowman
The Swing Shift Blues: From Richard Cecil
Obsessive Definitions: From Denise Duhamel
The Day the Pleasure Factory Broke Down: From Stephen Dunn
Clustering: From Lola Haskins
Poetic Dialogue: From Dean Kostos
The Best and the Worst: From David Lehman
What's in a Name?: From Lyn Lifshin
Graphing Your Life: From Campbell McGrath
Not This, Not This, ... but That: From David Rivard
Detail Scavenger Hunt: From Maureen Seaton
Two Exercises: From Reginald Shepherd
Bedroom Catalogue: From Maura Stanton
One Exercise: From Charles Harper Webb
Poetry Appreciation 101
Appreciating a Poem
Follow the Pack: Finding Good Poems
"Feeling" a Poem
The Skills I Use, the Skills They Use
Poetry Interpretation
Lost in Language
Writing Poetry FAQs: Most Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Poetic License?
Why Does Poetry Have So Many Rules?
Do I Have to Capitalize the Beginning Word of Each Line in My Poem?
Why Do Some Poets Shorten Words, as in O'ercast, E'er, 'Mong, 'Twould, 'Twas, Etc.--You Get the Point
Someone Told Me I Shouldn't Use Thee, Thy, Dost, and Other Words Like Them. Why Not?
Where Should I Break My Lines? Can't I Just Break Them Anywhere I Want?
What Do I Do If a Line in My Poem Is Too Long and Runs Over onto the Next Line?
How Do I Title My Poems?
Do I Have to Use Stanzas in My Poems?
I Had an Idea for a Poem but Then I Found Out That Someone Else Wrote One with the Same Subject Matter. Can I Still Write It?
What Does It Mean When a Poet Writes a Poem After Another Poet?
I'm a Free Spirit and I Just Want to Express My Feelings, So Why Do I Have to Know Anything About Meter or Form? Aren't Those Things Passe Anyway?
I Want to Try Writing Some Fixed Forms. Do I Have to Adhere Strictly to the Form, or Can I Play Around with It a Bit? If I Do, Is It Still a Formal Poem?
Does Anyone Still Take Rhyme Seriously?
Can I Use Modern-Sounding Details (Cell Phone, Coke Can, E-Mail) in a Poem and Still Have It Be Considered a Serious Poem?
I Feel Very Misunderstood by My Workshop. They Just Don't "Get" What I'm Trying to Do. Should I Try to Find a New Workshop or Quit Trying the "Group Thing" Altogether?
Isn't Poetry Just About Creating Something Beautiful? Making Beauty out of the Language?
Do I Have to Copyright My Poems?
How Do I Get a Book of Poems Published?
If I Keep Writing Poetry, Will I Be "Discovered"?
I've Never Shown My Poems to Anyone Else Before and I'm Afraid To--but I Want Some Feedback--What Should I Do?
Glossary of Poetic Terms