Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

True ease in writing comes from art, / As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance, not chance, " wrote Alexander Pope. Vincent Millay to Robert Frost. With a poet's ear and a poet's grace of expression, as only she can, Oliver shows what makes a metrical poem work - and enables readers, to "enter the thudding deeps and the rippling shallows of sound-pleasure and rhythm-pleasure that intensify both the poem's narrative and its ideas.

". The dance, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in some of the most celebrated and beautiful poems in the English language, " in the case of Oliver's brief and luminous book, from Shakespeare to Edna St.

A Poetry Handbook

Stunning” Los Angeles Times. Drawing on poems from robert frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. Mariner Books. With passion, form and diction, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, and good common sense, wit, sound and sense.


The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

Should enrich the passionate conversation about poetic forms for years to come. Edward hirsch, author of how to read a poem and fall in love with poetry two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that "looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form": a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form sonnet, sestina, villanelle, ballad, among others would enhance their appreciation of poetry.

Concise, learned, revisionary. Mariner Books. Tracing "the exuberant history of forms, offering explanation, close reading, " they devote one chapter to each form, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form.

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry’s ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts.

Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend—a friend who is willing to share everything he’s learned about the art he’s spent a lifetime learning to execute so well.

Mariner Books. Ted kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of the poetry Home Repair Manual, Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions and warnings against instructions that poets—aspiring or practicing—can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art.


The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody Copper Canyon Classics

Indeed, the word “text” has the same origin as the word “textile. It isn’t difficult to compare the compositional process to weaving, reaches the margin of the text, where thread moves from left to right, then shuttles back to begin the next unit . Mariner Books. We can look at the lines of poetry as slender compositional units forming a weave like that of a textile.

Used book in Good Condition. By the book’s end, “corn, ” noted a rave review in The Boston Review, magi-teacher and impeccable guide, has taught the novice to become artist and magician. The poem’s heartbeat also includes a selected bibliography and encourages readers and students to carry their investigations further.

The word “line” comes from the Latin linea, itself derived from the word for a thread of linen. An indispensable guide for poets, readers, students, and teachers. The poem’s heartbeat may well be the finest general book available on prosody. Library journal starred review“A provocative, definitive manual.

Publishers weeklyfinally back in print, rhythm, this slender, user-friendly guide to rhyme, meter, and form sparks “intuitive and technical lightning-flashes” for poets and readers curious to know a poem’s inner workings. Clear, and deeply readable, good-humored, Alfred Corn’s book is the modern classic on prosody—the art and science of poetic meter.

Each of the book’s ten chapters is a progressive, stress, step-by-step presentation rich with examples to illustrate concepts such as line, scansion marks, slant rhyme, and iambic pentameter.

The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach

William Morrow Company. Mariner Books. A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels. Used book in Good Condition.

The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide

He cites examples from the work of fifty different poets--from Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to W. K. Mariner Books. William Morrow Company. Used book in Good Condition. Williams, louise Glück, and Frank Bidart. This ideal introductory volume belongs in the library of every poet and student of poetry. The poet laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works.

Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art, " Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. He devotes brief, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, informative chapters to accent and duration, blank and free verse. The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth.

In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing. As poet laureate, Pinsky is one of America's best spokesmen for poetry. Farrar Straus Giroux. In this fascinating book, he explains how poets use the "technology" of poetry--its sounds--to create works of art that are "performed" in us when we read them aloud.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Farrar Straus Giroux. Pulitzer prize-winning poet mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things.

Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world. Used book in Good Condition. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Mariner Books.

Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, no voyage and other poems, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 1963 at the age of 28, published in 2015.

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American Primitive

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Dream Work

Additionally, she has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit — to accepting the truth about one’s personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships. Farrar Straus Giroux. Dream work, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver’s American Primitive, a collection of forty-five poems, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983.

Mariner Books. William Morrow Company. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness — so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive — continues in Dream Work. Back Bay Books. Atlantic Monthly Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Felicity: Poems

She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. Here, great happiness abounds. In these poems, she describes—with joy—the strangeness and wonder of human connection. Back Bay Books. Used book in Good Condition. As in blue horses, with felicity Oliver honors love, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, life, and beauty.

Mary oliver's bestselling collection of essays, Upstream, was published by Penguin Press in Fall 2016. Mariner Books. Mary oliver, celebrates love in her new collection of poems "If I have any secret stash of poems, it might be about love, anywhere, not anger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, " Mary Oliver once said in an interview.

Atlantic Monthly Press. Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. Farrar Straus Giroux. With felicity she examines what it means to love another person. William Morrow Company. Finally, felicity, in her stunning new collection, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems.