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Teach Yourself Writing Poetry

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Don't think you can learn how to write poetry? You might want to try reading Teach Yourself Writing Poetry before you decide. Part inspiration and part practical application, this book is designed to help you visualize your images with words; to set context, mood, and tone; to draft and revise your work; and, of course, to get your work published.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 28th 1995 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published 1995)
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Tracy Gaughan
Interesting but stopped short of sharing genuine poetry writing tips + skills, the 'rules of the dance' as it were. Felt the authors a bit arrogant, self-important and inhospitable - something poetry is not.
A good starting place. There are some interesting exercises in here to get the juices flowing, but not enough solid technical advice. I'd have enjoyed more explanation of the terms and techniques of writing poetry, but for the most part the book just tosses you into the pool and assumes you know what you're doing. This can be helpful, but there's a learning curve here that the book doesn't address.

If you already kind of know what you're doing, it's great stuff. If not, there are lots of other ho
Andrew Fisk
a good way to gain confidence in writing poetry would be to read this book. I will need to refer back to some of the sections when I am more experienced but at least it has given me some idea how to approach the writing.
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