Best Books on Writing Poetry
Many books on writing poetry exist, but these are some of the best, the ones that deserve going back to again and again.
1 The Crafty Poet: A Portable...
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2 The Triggering Town: Lectur...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,309 ratings
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3 Letters to a Young Poet
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 17,483 ratings
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4 The Poet's Companion: A Gui...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 837 ratings
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5 In the Palm of Your Hand: T...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 487 ratings
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6 The Practice of Poetry: Wri...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 591 ratings
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7 Best Words, Best Order: Ess...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 241 ratings
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8 The Art of the Poetic Line
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 214 ratings
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9 Wingbeats: Exercises and Pr...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 26 ratings
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10 The Making of a Poem
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 947 ratings
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11 A Poetry Handbook
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,767 ratings
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12 Ordinary Genius: A Guide fo...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 323 ratings
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13 Poetic Meter and Poetic Form
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 333 ratings
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14 The Poetry Home Repair Manu...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 807 ratings
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15 Writing Poetry to Save Your...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings
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16 Madness, Rack, and Honey: C...
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 442 ratings
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17 Rules for the Dance: A Hand...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 346 ratings
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17 Structure & Surprise
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 33 ratings
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19 Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Re...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 18 ratings
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20 The Making of a Sonnet: A N...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 50 ratings
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21 Poetry: Tools & Techniques
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings
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21 Put Them Through the Maze: ...
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21 Crossing Unmarked Snow: Fur...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 64 ratings
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21 Nine Gates: Entering the Mi...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 410 ratings
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21 the delightful guide to poe...
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26 The Joy of Writing Haikus
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26 The Art of Recklessness: Po...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 265 ratings
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28 The Teachers & Writers Hand...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 148 ratings
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28 Sell Your First 100 or an a...
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30 A Poet's Quest for the Eter...
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31 The Cool Jazz of the Haiku:...
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32 Real Sofistikashun: Essays ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 312 ratings
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33 A Poet's Craft: A Comprehen...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
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34 The Art of Syntax: Rhythm o...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 118 ratings
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35 The Poem's Heartbeat: A Man...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 87 ratings
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36 The Poem's Heartbeat: A Man...
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37 The Writing Experiment: Str...
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38 Wingbeats II: Exercises & P...
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message 1: by Scott (last edited Sep 08, 2012 02:22PM) (new)

Scott Wiggerman I've just added this list of 21 books (so far) that I've found particularly useful for writing poetry. All are books that I've read and rated 4 or 5 stars. More to come. Love to hear your thoughts!


message 2: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. A nice list but it does need more,as long as your adding it's okay!
Mind if I add a shameless promo for my poetry group?

Check it out,everything is open to just look at,so please only join if you plan on posting a couple times a month,thanks!

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message 3: by Diane (new)

Diane Lockward Scott wrote: "I've just added this list of 21 books (so far) that I've found particularly useful for writing poetry. All are books that I've read and rated 4 or 5 stars. More to come. Love to hear your thoughts!"

Great list. Thanks for adding The Crafty Poet to it.


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