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Art of Poetry Writing

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Poet, novelist, scholar, translator, playwright, and teacher, William Packard has known every side of a writer's life. As founder and editor of The New York Quarterly, a national magazine devoted to the craft of poetry, he reads some 50,000 poems each year--most of them sadly deficient in sound, metrics, form, voice, and quality. This book is written to help poets address ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published June 15th 1992 by St. Martin's Press
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Gerry LaFemina
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
In many ways the book is a little dates, and Packard wears his contempt for certain trends in 80's Poetry (a general mistrust of the workshop, a legitimate fear of careerism, a gripe with English departments for not teaching the classics...) pretty heavily. But the book is also filled with great quotes, and terrific advice for poets.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Founder and editor of The New York Quarterly, a highly regarded national poetry magazine. I was fortunate enough to know Bill. His advice about writing still guides me.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is required reading for any and everyone who wishes to take up poetry writing, period.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I checked this out of my local library in hopes that it would help me with an English class. It did not. This book was a total snoozefest. I couldn't get into it to save my life.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: how-to-books
Not unsound. The "History of Poetry" chapter is a good short refresher. In general, this book could be helpful if viewed as a reference book, full of lists: a list of Shakespeare's plays, a list of the six types of consonant sounds (plosives, dentals, sibilants, etc.), a list of the twelve birthstones, and what-have-you.

As for whether I would recommend this book to beginning writers: the best poetry teacher I had in college was nothing like this, and I'm not sure I personally would have taken we
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in poetry basics
Shelves: poetry, reference
I liked this book. Some of the reviews are mixed, but if you want to know more about the basics, then this is a good starting point. Very thorough, lots of examples as well as techniques to try on your own.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you read or write poetry, this is as close as you'll get to having been in one of Packard's legendary classes.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Will read it over and over as lond as I am alive and still writing poems. Great history, explanation of all forms, and writing exercises.
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Packard was born September 2, 1933 and was raised in New York. A graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Philosophy and studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters, Packard was a presence in the literary circles of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and 60's — circles that included Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Patchen, and Kenneth Rexroth. Packard was most active, however, ...more
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