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The Poet's Handbook

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Judson Jerome's years of experience as both a poet and a teacher come together to expertly guide you through the poetry writing process. You'll learn how to merge mechanics with art to produce poetry that will endure. You'll discover the meanings and uses of a wide variety of poetic terms, illustrated with the works of such poets as Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and John Gar ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Writer's Digest Books (first published 1980)
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Jan 23, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it
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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
Spike Gomes
Sep 11, 2015 Spike Gomes rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely essential in learning how to master metrical lyrical poetry. It gives you an extremely technical analysis of how poetic meter works and how to properly incorporate flourishes like rhyme and alliteration.

Jerome is a poet of the old school, who loves the traditions and practices of formalistic poetry and rues the obscurantist and "anything goes" practices of modern "academic" poetry, correctly foreseeing over 30 years ago, that without form and without universal themes, po
Karl Jennings
Nov 24, 2010 Karl Jennings rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 24, 2011 Acturi rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2009 Ken Barnes rated it it was amazing
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If you want to write, understand, or just enjoy poetry. You need this book. Plain and simple, you need this book.
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No-nonsense handbook for the nuts and bolts of poetry. Appropriate for in-depth study or for reference, thanks to a well-written index.
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Mar 22, 2009 Xenophon Hendrix rated it it was amazing
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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