Discovery of Poetry A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems

ISBN-10: 0156007622

ISBN-13: 9780156007627

Edition: 2001

Authors: Frances Mayes

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The bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun brings poetry out of the classroom and into the homes of everyday readers. Before she fell in love with Tuscany, Frances Mayes fell in love with verse. After publishing five books of poetry and teaching creative writing for more than twenty-five years, Mayes is no stranger to the subject. In The Discovery of Poetry, an accessible "field guide" to reading and writing poetry, she shares her passion with readers. Beginning with basic terminology and techniques, from texture and sound to rhyme and repetition, Mayes shows how focusing on one aspect of a poem can help you to better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the reading and writing experience. In addition to many creative and helpful composition ideas, following each lyrical and lively discussion is a thoughtful selection of poems. With its wonderful anthology from Shakespeare to Jamaica Kinkaid, The Discovery of Poetry is an insightful, invaluable guide to what Mayes calls "the natural pleasures of language-a happiness we were born to have."
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

A native of Georgia, Frances Mayes received a B.A. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She is a creative writing professor at San Francisco State University. Mayes' memoir "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy," about buying and restoring an abandoned villa in Cortona, was a national best seller in 1996. In addition her travel writing, Frances Mayes is the author of six books of poetry and is a respected essayist and gourmet cook.

Sources and Approaches
The Origin of a Poem
The Art of Reading
Words: Texture and Sound
Texture of Language
Choosing Words
The Muscle of Language
Sound Patterns
The Surprise of Language
The Kinship of Words
Images: The Perceptual Field
Three Image Poems
Images and Perception
Literal Images
Figurative Images
The Speaker: The Eye of the Poem
The Invented "I"
The Personal "I" Speaker
The Public Voice
The Invisible Speaker
Rhyme and Repetition
Meter: The Measured Flow
What Is Meter?
Iambic Pentameter
More Key Meters
Two Other Metrical Options
Rhythm and Meaning
Free Verse
The Genesis of Free Verse
The Free Verse Craft of the Line
Free Verse, the Tradition and Beyond
Traditional and Open Forms
Looking at Forms
Traditional Forms
Open Forms
Prose Poems
Open Forms Poems
Subject and Style
Types of Poems
Poems on Four Subjects
Interpretation: The Wide Response
What Is Meaning?
Gaps and Holes
Power Sources
Critical Discriminations
A Poet's Handbook
Invoking Your Muse
Beginning with a White Page
Suggestions for Writing and Revising
Your Poems out the Door
Index of Titles
Index of Authors and Titles
Index of Terms and Topics
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