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For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples ...more
Paperback, 2012 imprint of the revised and expanded edition of 2011, 456 pages
Published December 13th 2012 by Dartmouth College Press (first published January 1st 1968)
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Pilar
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A useful reference book of poetics.
Scot
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a poet and teacher of reading and writing poetry, whenever I read The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition, I become better at my own reading, writing and teaching. Anyone who cares about poetry should make a habit of reading this book over and over.
Magdalena Cassel
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry
Delicious for any poetry geek. Great for a workout if you haven't been writing much lately; attempting form is always a good exercise to get you back in shape, and Turco's selection is broad enough that even the most skeptical free verse devotee will find something to spark her interest. ...more
Marc Latham
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic overview of poetry forms, with lots of examples. Very detailed and clearly explained, providing an essential poetry guide book for both beginner and experienced poets.
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