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Writing Poems by Michelle Boisseau
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The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems, 7/e is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works.

Table of Contents

Preface: To The Teacher 1. STARTING OUT: An Introduction "Sweater Weather: A Love Song to Language," Sharon Bryan Word Magic Diction "Those Winter Sundays," Robert Hayden Syntax "Barbed Wire," Henry Taylor Pruning and Weeding "Dulce et Decorum Est," Wilfred Owen "In a Station of the Metro," Ezra Pound Clarity, Obscurity and Ambiguity "Gubbinal," Wallace Stevens Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Famous," Naomi Shihab Nye "Home is so Sad," Philip Larkin "Abstraction," Geoffrey Brock "The Way Things Work," Jorie Graham "Night in Iowa," Deborah Ager "Bent to the Earth," Blas Manuel De Luna "Realism," Czeslaw Milosz "Dolor," Theodore Roethke PART I: FORM 2. VERSE Line "Metaphors of a Magnifico," Wallace Stevens Form "A Noiseless Patient Spider," Walt Whitman Balance, Imbalance "The Racer's Widow," Louise Gluck "Letter in July," Elizabeth Spires Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Traveling through the Dark," William Stafford "Balance," Marilyn Nelson "In the Museum of Your Last Day," Patrick Phillips "Unconditional Election," David Baker "Storm Window," Conrad Hilberry "Thrall," Carolyn Kizer "A Grave," Marianne Moore "Off-Season at the Edge of the World," Debora Greger 3. MAKING THE LINE (I) Syllable-Stress Meter Rhythm The Lengths of Metrical Lines Substitutions and Variations A Little Scanning "Out, Out--," Robert Frost Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Loveliest of Trees," A.E. Houseman "Sonnet 116," William Shakespeare "Signs," Gjertrud Schnackenberg "Hamlen Brook," Richard Wilbur "Her Web," Erin Belieu "One Art," Elizabeth Bishop "Epitaph on a Tyrant," W.H. Auden "Learning by Doing," Howard Nemerov 4. MAKING THE LINE (II) Nonmetrical Verse: Longer Lines "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer," Walt Whitman Nonmetrical Verse: Lines of Mixed Length "People and a Heron," Robinson Jeffers Nonmetrical Verse: Shorter Lines "Pastoral," William Carlos Williams "Poem," William Carlos Williams Syllabics and Prose Poems "To a Steam Roller," Marianne Moore "Looking at a Dead Wren in My Hand," Robert Bly Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Balloons," Sylvia Plath "Blue Plums," Geri Doran "At Pegasus," Terrance Hayes "The Truth Is Forced," May Swenson "Pure," Carol Frost "By the Charles River," Scott Hightower "Bacchae," Terese Svoboda "My Dates," Jeffrey Skinner 5. THE SOUND AND LOOK OF SENSE Visible Form "The Silence of Women," Liz Rosenberg "Smart," Bruce Bennett "A Night Without Stars," Nancy Eimers "Easter Wings," George Herbert "The Red Wheelbarrow," William Carlos Williams Repetition "Recuerdo," Edna St. Vincent Millay "Catania to Rome," Richmond Lattimore Alliteration and Assonance "Power to the People," Howard Nemerov Rhyme "Arms and the Boy," Wilfred Owen "After Apple-Picking," Robert Frost Onomatopoeia "Player Piano," John Updike Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Dear Petrarch," Cate Marvin "Bleeder," Stephen Dobyns "Don't Look Back," Kay Ryan "January II," Charles Wright "After the Trial," Weldon Kees "Postolka (Prague)," Christian Wiman "Reapers," Jean Toomer "To Autumn," John Keats PART II: CONTENT 6. SUBJECT MATTER "Men at My Father's Funeral," William Matthews Subjects and Objects "A Hill of Beans," Rita Dove "Primary Colors," Cathy Song "Charles Harper Webb," Charles Harper Webb Memory "Ground Swell," Mark Jarman Presenting "My Papa's Waltz," Theodore Roethke "Neutral Tones," Thomas Hardy Implication and Focus "First Death in Nova Scotia," Elizabeth Bishop Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Winter," Marie Ponsot "The Beautician," Thom Gunn "The Guides," Rigoberto Gonzalez "Brad Pitt," Aaron Smith "Bitch," Carolyn Kizer "The Tropics in New York," Claude McKay "Detroit Moi," Al Young 7. METAPHOR "The Death of a Small Town," B. H. Fairchild "The White Dress," Lynn Emanuel Figuratively Speaking "Look Here," Pamela Alexander "I heard a fly buzz--when I died--," Emily Dickinson "We Wear the Mask," Paul Lawrence Dunbar A Name for Everything "Putting a Burden Down," Molly Peacock Pattern and Motif "My Grandmother's Love Letters," Hart Crane Conceits "Music at Night," Mary Oliver "A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning," John Donne Metaphoric Implication "Sonnet 30," William Shakespeare "The House Slave," Rita Dove Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "The Empire in the Air," Kevin Prufer "Song," Frank Bidart "What Are Years?," Marianne Moore "Rowing," Jeffrey Harrison "X," Carl Phillips "Far Niente," Heather McHugh "School Dance," Bruce Snider "Blue," Reginald Shepard 8. TALE, TELLER, TONE "Siren," Amy Gerstler "Adlestrop," Edward Thomas Narration and Action "Minor Miracle," Marilyn Nelson "Understanding Fiction," Henry Taylor Persona "Pit Pony," William Greenway "Daisies," Louise Gluck Point of View "My Last Duchess," Robert Browning "When Someone Dies Young," Robin Becker Tone "Lunch by the Grand Canal," Richard Lyons Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Personals," C.D. Wright "The Wood-pile," Robert Frost "Halflife," Meghan O'Rourke "Last Day," Timothy Liu "The Shadow-Line," William Logan "Butane, Kerosene, Gasoline," Ann Townsend "Unyieldingly Present," Lawrence Joseph "The Hare," Henri Cole 9. THE MYSTERIES OF LANGUAGE The Sense of Nonsense "Jabberwocky," Lewis Carroll "A Guide to the Stone Age," James Tate "What Do I See?," Gertrude Stein The Logic of the Analogic "Daytrip to Paradox," Dara Wier "At North Farm," John Ashbery Ordinary Strangeness "Ordeal," Nina Cassian Translation "The Deaf and Blind," Paul Aeluard Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Kubla Khan," Samuel Taylor Coleridge "A Hill," Anthony Hecht "Remember the Trains?" Martha Collins "Reading Sonnevi on a Tuesday Night," Wayne Miller "Indifference," Cesare Pavese "A Hunger So Honed," Tracy K. Smith "Everything," Srikanth Reddy "A Story About the Body," Robert Hass PART III: PROCESS 10. FINDING THE POEM "Reading the Late Henry James," Natasha Saje Imitations and Models "Variations on a Text by Vallejo," Donald Justice "Piedra negra sobre una piedra blanca," Cesar Vallejo Sources, Currents "Sunday Afternoons," Yusef Komunyakaa Emotion and Thought "After great pain, a formal feeling comes--," Emily Dickinson "The Widow's Lament in Springtime," William Carlos Williams "The Hawk," Marianne Boruch Getting into Words " After Long Silence," W.B. Yeats Keeping a Poem Going Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "A Description of the Morning," Jonathan Swift "24th and Mission," Joy Katz "Ballade Beginning with a Line by Robert Bly," R.S. Gwynn "The Starlet," John Poch "The Other Cold War," Adrian Blevins "Visitation," Kathy Fagan "Song," Brigit Pegeen Kelly "Nearing Rome," Rick Barot 11. DEVISING AND REVISING "A Noiseless Patient Spider," Walt Whitman Exploring Trying Out Focusing "The Monkeys," Marianne Moore Shaping "The Fish," Marianne Moore "Swimmer in the Rain," Robert Wallace Drafts Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World," Richard Wilbur "The Edge of the Hurricane," Amy Clampitt "Macaroni & Cheese," Laura Kasischke "ABC," Robert Pinsky "Immediate Revision," Chase Twichell "The Day Lady Died," Frank O'Hara "Woman on Twenty-Second Eating Berries," Stanley Plumly "The Man. His Bowl. His Raspberries." Claudia Rankine 12. BECOMING A POET The Growth of a Poet Going Public Writing Communities Getting Organized Questions and Suggestions Poems to Consider "Rain," Sidney Wade "Poem," Donald Justice "Workshop," Billy Collins "Torch Sonnet III," Sarah Murphy "Winter Conception," Eleanor Wilner "Meanwhile," Richard Siken "The Great Poet Returns," Mark Strand "The Next Poem," Dana Gioia Appendix I: A Brief Glossary of Forms Appendix II: Notes to the Questions and Suggestions Appendix III: Further Reading Acknowledgments Index of Authors and Titles Index of Terms
Release date NZ
June 26th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
7th Revised edition
Longman Inc
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