The Making of a Poem
Explaining beauty is hard work. But distinguished poets Mark Strand and Eavan Boland have produced a clear, super-helpful book that unravels part of the mystery of great poems through an engaging exploration of poetic structure. Strand and Boland begin by promising to "look squarely at some of the headaches" of
As textbooks go, this one’s a gem, certainly one of the best constructed anthologies that the Norton Gods have ever published for us little pe...more
Confused, sloppy syntax:
"He would die at the age of thirty, executed for no real reason by Henry VIII, except that he advised his sister to become the king's mistress and for some minor offenses."
Broad and unsupported claims, non sequitur:
"Even as a useful, witty, and musical unit...more
Each chapter in the book discusses a different form of poetry: Sestina, Villanelle, Sonnet, etc. The chapter begins with a very brief history of the form, and a brief guide to the form (number of lines in each stanza, number of syllables in each line, rhyming structure. Then, each chapter gives a dozen or so examples of the form.
Three stars because I found the actual blithering about how poetry is the ~key to the soul~ etc annoying and off-putting.
I did not choose to be an English major in my undergrad work, so this highly suggested title for one of my MFA poetry workshops has helped/is helping me to fill in what I missed as an undergrad.
I had to read this for a class; but as far as collections go, most of its poems are heavily anthologized, so it'd be easy find similar content bound up in a more attractive package.
A must for all poetry lovers.