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The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Poetry Writing

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"The Mind's Eye," written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Contemporary poetry as well as traditional form is discussed, with an emphasis on contemporary poets -- more than ninety of them -- and three student poets. Chapters deal with difficult topics such as racism, war, mortality, gender ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Pearson Longman
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Kelci Schmidt
While some of the poems included to illustrate particular elements of craft were interesting, the analyses of said poems were trite, condescending, and shallow. The very few writing prompts the text offers are fine, but nothing new. I'm not sure if this is just an issue with my copy of the book, but the "Poet's Notecard" sections look like they were printed with like, the ten cent copier at the public library- dark and grainy almost to the point of illegibility (although frankly, these "notecard ...more
clear and lovely! full of lessons to pass on to my poets in the making!
D.E. Chandler
This book was truly inspirational. I loved it!
Abby Starkel
This book was not for me. It showed a lot of poetry pieces and told why each one was good for numerous reasons. I did find a few interesting pieces in this book, but for the most part, it was too informative for my liking.
Sean Endymion
I think it's hard to rate "writing guides" like this... but this book has a lot of interesting and thought provoking sections, examples, and exercises. A good read if you are thinking about really applying yourself to poetry, but nothing can teach you to write, other than to write.
Joshua Novalis
Nov 10, 2011 Joshua Novalis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of Poetry
Recommended to Joshua by: English Instructor
Interesting Primer to Poetry. I would have liked more of a focus on structure, form, and theme, but almost all of Clark's efforts are focused on imagery, which, albeit, is an integral part of poetry. Pretty good, but there's probably better options for an introduction to poetry.
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