Poet's Guide to Poetry, Second Edition

ISBN-10: 0226923061

ISBN-13: 9780226923062

Edition: 2nd

Authors: Mary Kinzie

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InA Poet’s Guide to Poetry, Mary Kinzie brings her decades of expertise as poet, critic, and director of the creative writing program at Northwestern University to bear in a comprehensive reference work for any writer wishing to better understand poetry. Detailing the formal concepts of poetry and methods of poetic analysis, she shows how the craft of writing can guide the art of reading poems. Using examples from the major traditions of lyric and meditative poetry in English from the medieval period to the present, Kinzie considers the sounds and rhythms of poetry along with the ideas and thought-units within poems. Kinzie also shares her own successful classroom tactics that encourage readers to approach a poem as if it were provisional.The three parts ofA Poet’s Guide to Poetrylead the reader through a carefully planned introduction to the ways we understand poetry. The first section provides careful, step-by-step instruction to familiarize students with the formal elements of poems, from the most obvious feature through the most subtle. The second part carefully examines meter and rhythm, as well as providing a theoretical and practical overview of free verse. The final section offers helpful chapters on writing in form. Rounding out the volume are writing exercises for beginning and advanced writers, a dictionary of poetic terms, and a bibliography of further reading.For this new edition, Kinzie has carefully reworked the introductory material and first chapter, as well as amended the annotated bibliography to include the most recent works of criticism. The updated guide also contains revised exercises and adjustments throughout the text to make the work as lucid and accessible as possible.
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

A Note on Sources
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Mind That Reads
What the Poem Thinks: A Poetics
The Six Elements of Relation and Resemblance
Line and Half-Meaning
Syntax and Whole Meaning
Diction and Layers in Meaning
Trope and Thought
Rhetoric and Speech
Rhythm as Combination
The Elements, Controlled in Time
Accentual-Syllabic Meter: The Role of Stress and Interval
Stanza and Rhyme: The Role of Echo
Further Rhythms in English-Counted Forms: Accentual Verse and Syllabic Verse (Including Haiku)
Further Rhythms in English-Non-Counted Forms: The Four Freedoms of Free Verse
Writing in Form
Exercises for Beginning and Advanced Writers
Poetic Terms
Annotated Bibliography of Further Reading
List of Poems by Form
Author and Title Index
Subject Index
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