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Poetry for Dummies

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as "the best words in the best order." St. Augustine called it "the Devil's wine." For Shelley, poetry was "the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and ...more
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Published March 16th 2011 by For Dummies (first published May 15th 2001)
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Apr 15, 2010 Ariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring poets
Well written! A very good introduction to poetry- covers MOST of the basics. Various rules, forms, and techniques of reading, writing, and understanding are covered. So is the history of poetry.
However, more writing exercises and more forms of traditional poetry need to be covered. This book doesn't explain enough the starting habits of a writer.
This is a must for anyone who is interested in poetry or who loves to write it. It presents in an easy to read and lively prose format information on the history of poetry, the technical side to poetry, and various traditional styles such as the sonnet, ghazal, and haiku. This book also explains how to read poetry aloud and how to interpret it. There is much more information about how to go about getting published in magazines and journals, reading to audiences, how to connect with other poets i ...more
Soul Rhallin
This book has some great content. It is easy to read, and written with enough humor to keep a reader moving through it with a smile.

On the other hand, the table of contents and index are not accurate and ca n lead tofrustration when one is attempting to 'cherry pick' the content for specific material.

Overall, it provides alot of functionally useful information on poetry forms and how to create new material, which is its intended purpose.
Keith Addison
Does go into the very basics of writing poetry and covers a good history of poetry as well. It has some good exercises and helps to make sense of some of the more complicated aspects of writing poetry. It is basic though and I would say it is a fairly basic level. There are better books out there in my opinion which will teach you a lot more.
I dislike the title of the book, but I must admit the content is pretty good, especially in the first half of the book. The explanations of the basic concepts in poetry are straightforward and often humorous. Worth reading even if you aren't hugely into poetry.
Thomas Dolan
Nice, informative, feel like I have a better grasp on everything now.....lie how you're exposed to different tyes. Disliked the emphasis on slam poetry. disgusting vile, uncouth, slam poetry is NOT poetry.
This was a very helpful and useful book! Right after I read it I wrote a very good poem, my best so far, and my family loved it!
Christopher Hurtado
Poetry for Dummies by The Poetry Center (2001)
Christopher Elam
Gotta start somewhere... Why not here?
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