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Jerome expertly guides readers through the poetry writing process teaching how to merge mechanics with art to produce poetry that will endure.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 15th 1986 by Writer's Digest Books (first published 1980)
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Judson Jerome explains the intricacies of poetry with clear examples. Clearly defining a wide variety of terms such as metric forms, accentual syllabic rhythms, rhyme, stanzas, strophes, and poetic structures, the reader is challenged to reconsider what poetry is and to develop a deeper appreciation of poetry.

The intended audience is poets. Interspersed among the critical analysis of poems and the definitions is advice for poets on expanding style, revising poems, and publishing works. This gli
Karl Jennings
This is actually a re-reading of this book for me. It's a great book for both the beginning poet as well as anyone wanting to understand the structure of poetry better. Judson Jerome was the poetry editor for Writer's magazine for several years before he passed away. Much of his years of experience with poetry is collected here in an easy-to-understand style.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the art of poetry.
A very well written how-to book of structuralist poetry. He explains meter in a way that actually makes you understand why you would use it and why it works, rather than just shouting "SHAKESPEARE!" and expecting you to do it.

He has a serious dislike of free verse, though. So if you're the sort of person who likes to write free verse, and you're ego can't take people talking crap about it, avoid this book.
Ken Barnes
If you want to write, understand, or just enjoy poetry. You need this book. Plain and simple, you need this book.
Xenophon Hendrix
Mar 22, 2009 Xenophon Hendrix rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poets and lyricists
If you want to learn how to write metrical verse, this is the first book to read.
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