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Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This text is viewed by both poets and teachers alike as one of the most practical and most teachable introductory poetry texts available. The overall pedagogical strategy is to teach by showing rather than telling; that is, the text focuses on examples to elucidate the elements of poetry, rather than relying upon strict definitions. It includes exercises, chapter summaries ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 634 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published January 1974)
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If I was deserted on an island and could only have one book. I think this would be it.

Somewhere this was highly recommended for learning about poetry. So when I began to love and read poetry and wanted to delve deeper this is the book that got me going. I admit that I haven't read the whole thing, because it is an introduction but it's also very thorough. Introduction is actually a code word for textbook. But don't let that scare you away. I find it readable and endlessly enlightening. It's a gr
I am re-reading this for a poetry class this semester.

This is one of those books that makes me feel giddy inside. Many of the poetry "manuals" and text books I have come across are quite disjointed, confusing and incomplete in their explanations of forms, meters and such. At times some of these books feel high-falluting. Western Wind is a book I can consult again and again. It's a book that speaks plainly about poetry and inspires the poet in anyone. The book houses great examples and great inf
Jul 23, 2008 E rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes words
Shelves: poetry
It may be an introduction to poetry, but this book proves useful whether it's the first or last thing you read on the subject. I regularly dip into it to stretch new muscles I'd never before been aware of. It doesn't need to be read straight through and for that reason alone it should be a regular reference on everyone's shelf, right next to their dictionary. That said, I doubt that is likely to happen.

In our modern culture there seems to be a kneejerk reaction against learning "about" poetry a
I have never liked poetry. But after finishing my poetry class, I am sold--hook, line, and sinker. Who knew I would fall in love with the English language so deeply. And to think I actually have a favorite poet--it would have to be E.E. Cummings. Yes, there is still junk poetry out there, but at least now I'm willing to listen to the wind as it rushes by.
Loved this book. What a great tutor in learning to write poetry. I 'had' to read it for my BYU writing class and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Danielle Chappell
I absolutely love this book. It uses clear examples of poems to illustrate poetic devices and there are really good, concise introductions before each poem. I use this book to teach high school English and it's a constant resource for me.
A book that helps you understand the anatomy of a poem and the effect of each element on the whole. Not afraid to identify bad habits to avoid. A great resource for writers and readers of poetry.
This book was seminal in my introduction to English poetry and recommended by Linda Allardt, my first official English poetry teacher.
Jeanie Morkel
Brilliant and lovely. The knowledge and refined sensitivity to poetry which I gained from studying this book is invaluable.
I really like the way this book divided the topic of poetry. I used it in my poetry lit class in the spring semester.
The best anthology of Poetry to use to teach poetry. Well-written. Good samples. Nice apparatus--clear and short.
Worked on this book for over a year for a Writing Poetry class through BYU Independent Study.
Randy Cauthen
A little loopy about onomatopoeia, and at times my students have found it to be unclear.
A useful text on the enjoyment and techniques of poetry.
Heather Lynn
This is for my Creative Writing: Poetry class
Ligia Carrión
A great book if you are a beginner to poetry.
Xenophon Hendrix
good first text on poetry
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