Be a Poet!

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Twickenham Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 420 pages
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Originally published in 2007 by Twickenham Press, Be a Poet! is a friendly, accessible guidebook for beginning poets of all ages and situations, containing many exercises designed to expand their repertoire of rhythms and forms. Bogen uses examples from canonical poets like Carl Sandburg and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as well as three contemporary poets whom she has interviewed personally about their writing habits and tricks. This handbook for the poetically inclined includes in-depth coverage of words and how to use them effectively, plus chapters on rhyming, rhythm, the iamb from blank verse to the various forms of the sonnet, and exotica like art songs, Pindaric and Horatian odes, and terza rima. Its concluding appendix listing addresses of writers' organizations is especially useful.

 

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This is a foundational guide by retired English professor Bogen (How To Write Poetry ). Though she concentrates on academic topics (e.g., poetic forms, rhyme types, meter, etc.), her approach is ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
15
Whithkr Wii st Wit? i 9
49
Special Effects With Words
75
Rhymes AKA SoundCorrespondences
111
Rhythm and Meter
143
Blank Verse to Sonne i 1 77
235
That Mysterious Illusive
301
Getting It All Together Then Some
343
Useful Organizations
377
Mags and Zines
383
Bibliography
395
Acknowledgements
403
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Nancy Bogen is a CUNY professor emeritus and currently heads The Lark Ascending, a New York-based performance group dedicated to bringing the "best that was thought and said in the past" to appreciative audiences. Her writing credits include three novels of ideas: Klytaimnestra Who Stayed at Home, Bobe Mayse: A Tale of Washington Square, and Bagatelle-Guinevere by Felice Rothman. Two illustrated dramatic monologues by her – Coeur de Lion, Mon Coeur and Twelve-Tone Blues – have recently received a number of public performances. Her manual How to Write Poetry was published by Simon and Schuster in their Arco series and widely reviewed on the Internet.

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