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Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry

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"WESTERN WIND" is an introduction to the elements of craft that make poetry sing, a superior anthology of classic and contemporary poetry, and a guide for students to poetics, writing about poetry, and critical theory. In this text, two well respected poets bring their love of the craft of poetry into a book that teaches as well as inspires. The text also includes exercise ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published January 1974)
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Apr 01, 2012 Mmars rated it it was amazing
If I was deserted on an island and could only have one book. I think this would be it.

Somewhere this was highly recommended for learning about poetry. So when I began to love and read poetry and wanted to delve deeper this is the book that got me going. I admit that I haven't read the whole thing, because it is an introduction but it's also very thorough. Introduction is actually a code word for textbook. But don't let that scare you away. I find it readable and endlessly enlightening. It's a gr
Aug 08, 2009 Tameca rated it it was amazing
I am re-reading this for a poetry class this semester.

This is one of those books that makes me feel giddy inside. Many of the poetry "manuals" and text books I have come across are quite disjointed, confusing and incomplete in their explanations of forms, meters and such. At times some of these books feel high-falluting. Western Wind is a book I can consult again and again. It's a book that speaks plainly about poetry and inspires the poet in anyone. The book houses great examples and great inf
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Jan 23, 2016 Arlene S added it
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Book blurb: "elements of craft that make poetry sing".
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Sep 28, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
I have never liked poetry. But after finishing my poetry class, I am sold--hook, line, and sinker. Who knew I would fall in love with the English language so deeply. And to think I actually have a favorite poet--it would have to be E.E. Cummings. Yes, there is still junk poetry out there, but at least now I'm willing to listen to the wind as it rushes by.
May 15, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing
A tight description of the the mechanics of poetry with emphasis on the modern and many masterful examples for the beginner, novice or master poet, student, teacher, or reader to absorb. Quality examples from masters and critics complement the anthology within.
Danielle Chappell
Oct 30, 2014 Danielle Chappell rated it liked it
I absolutely love this book. It uses clear examples of poems to illustrate poetic devices and there are really good, concise introductions before each poem. I use this book to teach high school English and it's a constant resource for me.
Jan 19, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
A book that helps you understand the anatomy of a poem and the effect of each element on the whole. Not afraid to identify bad habits to avoid. A great resource for writers and readers of poetry.
Loved this book. What a great tutor in learning to write poetry. I 'had' to read it for my BYU writing class and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jeanie Morkel
Sep 18, 2011 Jeanie Morkel rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and lovely. The knowledge and refined sensitivity to poetry which I gained from studying this book is invaluable.
Jan 20, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
I reread this one every so often to refresh myself on poetics and the anthology, which is full of my favorite poems.
May 24, 2013 Maryann rated it really liked it
I really like the way this book divided the topic of poetry. I used it in my poetry lit class in the spring semester.
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This is for my Creative Writing: Poetry class
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Aug 12, 2012 Ligia Carrión rated it it was amazing
A great book if you are a beginner to poetry.
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Got me started
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