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Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry

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"Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem "is grounded in the belief that the best way to learn to write poetry - and improve one's writing in general - is through practice. The book's unique approach - teaching the elements of poetry through various poetic forms - encourages students to learn from existing models and to break free from pre-established constraints. In thirteen ...more
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Published December 30th 1999 by Pearson
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Jul 02, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, writing
What a relief to find a decent book about writing poetry. I didn't think they existed. I appreciate the wide variety of examples in this book, as well as the use of student poems--some of which are pretty darned good! I am still looking for exercises that don't lead me to borrow too much from an already published poet, but I guess there's something to be gained from doing that, maybe? All in all, a great book on how to write poetry, which will have to suffice until my friend Tania Runyan's new b ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Braden rated it really liked it
I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could.

While finding a good anthology is relatively simple, it's tough to commit to a single creative writing textbook. I've never been able to do it, always torturing my students with a succession of photocopied poems and stories and assignments. But a month or two ago, I stumbled over this book by Bishop which is--for my own way of teaching and thinking about poetry--one of the best I've ever seen. Bishop has made some terrific selections, introduced them ably, and
Ron Mohring
Nov 06, 2008 Ron Mohring rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers of beginning poetry; young poets
When I first obtained a copy of this book, I was in the middle of a busy teaching semester and didn't give it the attentive reading it deserved. Last year, I pulled it off the shelf and sat down to give it my full attention. And truly, I don't know why I merely skimmed through the first reading.

I can't give it a five (rarely does a book completely "wow" me), but it's certainly deserving of a four rating. I've recommended it to beginning poets as an excellent guide to develop their craft. If I we
Chris Schaeffer
Aug 03, 2009 Chris Schaeffer rated it did not like it
I had this for an undergraduate writing class several years ago and never really gained anything useful from it. The worst part about this is that rather than using poetry by established poets (as snobby as that sounds) it draws on student poetry provided by the author's students. I sort of see what she was going for but
a) the quality of her own advice doesn't really bolster these examples
b) isn't one better served learning from the best rather than from some anonymous goon struggling along at
Abigail Clark
Jan 26, 2013 Abigail Clark rated it really liked it
Wendy Bishop has a great collection of poems and poets. Not only does she introduce and explain ow to write certain styles of poetry, but gives you plenty of examples from recognizable writers.
Nov 14, 2007 Mackenzie rated it really liked it
I've used this book to teach a poetry workshop and found it adequate. It served more as a reference tool than a fundamental text, but worked well all the same.
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