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Become a poet and write poetry with ease with help from this clear and simple guide in the popular 101 series.

Poetry never goes out of style. An ancient writing form found in civilizations across the world, poetry continues to inform the way we write now, whether we realize it or not—especially in social media—with its focus on brevity and creating the greatest possible i
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Adams Media (first published September 2018)
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Rachel Jorquera
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting little "what-to-know" book. it is a good option if someone is wanting to know about poetry. It doesn't go super in depth but is nice for either a refresher or a jump into something you are not familiar with! I also liked how they went with classical poets all the way to contemporary and "now" poets. That was nice! ...more
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Susan Dalzell
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From the publisher: Become a poet and write poetry with ease with help from this clear and simple guide in the popular 101 series.

Poetry never goes out of style. An ancient writing form found in civilizations across the world, poetry continues to inform the way we write now, whether we realize it or not—especially in social media—with its focus on brevity and creating the greatest possible impact with the fewest words. Poetry 101 is your companion
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Monique G Grace
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended, this is a fantastic introduction into poetry, granted it does not included too many modern poets such as Amanda Lovelace which is the only reason why I have not given the book five stars. It provides an unique insight into the ancient poets such as the Illad and the Odyessy, the epics written by Homer plus an plethora more of modern historical poetry. It also highlights how to read a poem, deciphering and analysing poetry I.e. Stanzas, Meter, Rhythm and Feet.
Christian
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a thorough overview of poetry. I read this book to go over the basics of poetry, and i feel as if my goal was achieved. The author was fairly interesting.

I give this book four stars simply because it wasn’t as exciting as it could be, but that’s what anyone should expect when reading a more technical book.
Elizabeth Catherine
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Want to get into poetry but don’t know where to start? Well this is your book! Poetry 101 is more of a history of the worlds most notable poets, styles of poetry, topics, and even some tips on writing poetry. I’ve been writing for years but this book has given me some zest on who to read next and inspiration to write more.
Rodney Jones
I thought that this was a book that neatly fell into three distinct parts. I found the first (very short) part about poetics both interesting and instructive. However, having thrown a glance at the Greeks and Romans (by coincidence, I was re-reading Horace's 'Odes' in parallel with this book), we quickly moved on to the second more substantial section which was a history of poetry from Beowulf to the Victorians. The content here is fair enough; although I was familiar with most of the material i ...more
Elisha Jachetti
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
POETRY 101 by Susan Dalzell is a comprehensive introduction to poetry written in the English language. The book takes us all the way back to the Anglo-Saxons and BEOWULF and brings us through every movement that has transpired since, including the social media poetry that is being produced today. Dalzell moves at a frenetic pace, giving us readers a quick taste of what shaped style and preferences over the years, highlighting not only key players in the poetry space, but also major themes and rh ...more
Chris
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The book purports to offer "a crash course in poetry", sort of a cliff notes on the topic. It's a nice little book but has some questionable choices of emphasis. First, there isn't that much poetry in the book. Instead of looking a the poetry, we learn about the poet's personal lives, how many lovers they had, how long their children lived, where they died, etc. In that respect the title is deceptive.

There is a lot left out and sometimes the elevation of one poet over another--in terms of who
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Jonnalyn Tabaco
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked up this book solely because of the Fullybooked 2020 reading challenge "a book on writing". With that in mind, I expected to learn about the mechanics on how to write a poem. Unfortunately, the mechanics I wanted to learn were only discussed very briefly.

The rest of the book focused more on the history of poetry, listing famous poets from Ancient Greeks up to today's poets.

Even so, I found the book very interesting. It's nice how there is a brief life introduction for each poet which giv
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Troy Farlow
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Excellent Overview of Poetry and Famous Poets.

At first and half-way through the book, I thought that the book could provide at least one poem per poet (two to four pages are dedicated to telling about x poet, then y poet, etc.). But at just over 250 pages, it would've been well over 400 pages if they had done that. So, I've made notes of probably 50 to 100 poems to look up and read...

....but the important part about this book is that it brought these 50 to 100 poems - and all these poets and
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Ryan
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good introduction to poetry.

The book does touch on the mechanics of poetry very early and very briefly. The rest of the pages are dedicated moreso to the history of poetry: famous poets, poetry movements, what inspirations and topics poets of certain eras were writing about. And honestly, I found this way more valuable. It really helped me re-contextualize all of the tedious "i spy a literary device" busy work from high school.
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Pamela
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what the title claims, a nice little refresher course on the basics of poetry. While it doesn't provide actual poems it refers you to numerous works that you can follow up on your own. It covers some mechanics of poetry, specific poets, and schools of poetry. The format is nice too, an easy to carry compact volume. ...more
Liz
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this in tandem with my middle-schooler son as part of his National Poetry Month poetry unit (we're pandemic homeschooling this year). I found it to be an excellent overview of the forms, terminology, history and evolution of poetry; as well as a fine introduction to famous and influential poets of each movement. ...more
Ernestasia Siahaan
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is more of a history book on Western poetry, describing different eras and their respective famous poets. I wish there were more snippets of poems from the poets described though - just to quickly get a feel of the poet's style. For a book about poetry history, this book has very little poems inside. ...more
Charlotte Gunther
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its title says it all. It is a great review of the forms and terms of poetry in our literature and culture. It throws brief spotlights on familiar names, and explains the trends or innovations that developed into the poetic forms of the present day. Plus, it has a good index.
Siamak Attarian
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
This is more of a short history of (English) poetry rather than poetry itself. On that front it is good. There are not many poems in this book or I better say you may find more poems in a random book you pick off your shelf than this book and I'm not kidding. ...more
Maggie Gordon
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, non-fiction
I wanted a quick review of the history of poetry, and this is a nice overview of the western canon! Obviously does not contain everything, but is a good launching off point to consider different eras and styles of work.
Carolyn
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Great poetry book of reviews. I am trying to strengthen my own poetry and I believe this is a great help now and in future.
Jen Phillips
😴🥱 boring. I picked this book up to help with the concept of poetry but I had hard time getting into it. Still learning how to write poetry but this book isn’t helping at all for me.
dana
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poeta-sum
a perfectly succinct introduction to poets, poems, and styles past + present - and everything in between :") ...more
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