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Poetry For Dummies
Poetry For Dummies | The Poetry Center, John Timpane
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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as the best words in the best order. St. Augustine called it the Devils wine. For Shelley, poetry was the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than five millennia. Thats because for the attentive reader, poetry has the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightning bolts flashing in the brain to throw open the doors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpels edge. Poetry For Dummies is a great guide to reading and writing poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested in verse. From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley to Ginsberg, it introduces you to poetrys greatest practitioners. It arms you with the tools you need to understand and appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your own talent as a poet. Discover how to: Understand poetic language and forms Interpret poems Get a handle on poetry through the ages Find poetry readings near you Write your own poems Shop your work around to publishers Dont know the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and it covers a lot more ground besides, including: Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poetic language Mastering the three steps to interpretation Facing the challenges of older poetry Exploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the global village Writing open-form poetry Working with traditional forms of verse Writing exercises for aspiring poets Getting published From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone in between, Poetry For Dummies puts you in touch with the greats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing a ghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book for you.
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@TheBookHippie created a poetry book for LMPBC if anyone else is interested- group N. Link on her page (someday I will know how to do links correctly)

If you‘ve always wanted to be part of a book club and are looking for book buddies LMPBC is a great activity- there are spots open in topics or create your own and ask anyone if they are interested! This is one of my favorite activities ever.

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Every time I mention that I don't really "get" poetry, it's usually to someone who really does get it; and the first thing they do is recommend or even give me a book of poetry. That really doesn't help. So, knowing that there is a book of poetry on the #litsygoespostalOG horizon, I decided to start doing my homework! While I cringe at the "For Dummies" moniker, the contents upon skimming this book actually look to be exactly what I'm looking for!

ValerieAndBooks I hate the title/cover but this book has been very helpful when I need a refresher in some areas of poetry! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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