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The Making of a Poem by Mark Strand
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Read from May 28 to October 15, 2012

This works perfectly fine as an anthology but the criticism offered by the authors is somewhat of a hit and miss. If you have long deferred looking at structured poetry because your first encounter with it made it sound all very rules-y, this anthology will help you change that viewpoint by making it clear that the poetic form is as much a mood setting factor as the actual words. The best argument for this is in the many wonderful poems collected under each chapter. Personal favs so far include the villanelle from Elizabeth Bishop, Miller Williams' sestina and Gwendolyn Brooks' ballad.
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