Write poetry in the great metrical tradition of Dante, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Frost, and the poets of the current Formalist revival.In this contemporary guide, you'll learn how to write metrical poetry in all the major forms, from blank verse and quatrains to sonnets and villanelles. Each chapter provides step-by-step instruction that's accessible and easy to understand fWrite poetry in the great metrical tradition of Dante, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Frost, and the poets of the current Formalist revival.In this contemporary guide, you'll learn how to write metrical poetry in all the major forms, from blank verse and quatrains to sonnets and villanelles. Each chapter provides step-by-step instruction that's accessible and easy to understand for even the most beginning poet.This book includes unique features difficult to find anywhere else: -Essential but non-intimidating instruction on meter and rhyme-Focused assignments detailing how to make your first attempt at a specific form-Illuminating discussions on pop culture, figures of speech, difficult themes, and other important topics-An engaging overview of poetry's history, and why it's important to learn the traditional formsComplementing the instruction are many classic and contemporary poems, including recent work by Richard Wilbur, Wendy Cope, X.J. Kennedy, Dana Gioia, Rachel Hadas, Wyatt Prunty, Alicia Stallings, and many others.Writing Metrical Poetry is the perfect course in metrical poetry for the person working alone or working in the classroom....
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Writing Metrical Poetry: Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms Reviews
A very readable how-to guide/textbook on writing poetry in formal mode. The writer includes a good number of examples of the various types of poem (and a very nice warning against the sestina, which I very much appreciate!), as well as a range of exercises.This is an enjoyable, and easily readable text for those who want to try their hands at writing poetry in the various formal, metrical modes in English. I wish I'd had something like this available forty years ago.
If, like me, you somehow never learned enough about the different forms of poetry to actually try writing a ballad or a villanelle or a sonnet, check out this book. It explains all the various types of formal poetry, with great examples and assignments to try writing them. Even if you don’t want to write in iambic pentameter, it’s fun just reading all the classic poems and understanding how they came about. Personally, I like forms. Among the 50 quotes from famous poets about meter, form and rhyme [included in one of several appendices], I agree with this one by Maxine Kumin: “I believe that writing in a rhyme scheme startles you into good metaphor. At least, it works that way for me. It’s the form in which to pour the cement of the poem.”
A very helpful read on writing metrical poetry. Only too bad that I'd to return it to the library before I could really make full use of the entire guide.
Perfect as a start for writers who want to take poetry seriously