Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out

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Harper Collins, Jun 22, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages

A practical guide to demystify the process of writing poetry, by the bestselling author of A Writer’s Notebook and the ALA Notable Book Fig Pudding.

Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.

This book is full of practical wisdom to help young writers craft beautiful poetry that shines, sings, and soars. It features writing tips and tricks, interviews with published poets for children, and plenty of examples of poetry by published writers—and even young people themselves.

Perfect for classrooms, this lighthearted, appealing manual is a celebration of poetry that is a joy to read. Young poets and aspiring poets of all ages will enjoy these tips on how to simplify the process of writing poetry and find their own unique voice.


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I love Fletcher's emphasis on rhythm, emotion, image." ? His advice is summarized on the cover art: Capture a moment. Read it aloud. Get in the habit of observing the world. [Build] a Word House ... Read full review


The Power of Poetry
I An Emotional Xray
2 Image
3 Fresh Music
4 Interview with Kristine OConnell George
What to Write About
6 Crafting Your Poem
7 Interview with Janet S Wong
8 Wordplay
9 Troubleshooting
10 Interview with J Patrick Lewis
I A Few Words About Form
12 Going Public
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Ralph Fletcher has always been a special person for children's literature. He is the author of picture books, nonfiction, and novels for young readers. How to Write Your Life Story is the fifth book in Mr. Fletcher's series of instructional writing books, which includes A Writer's Notebook, Live Writing, How Writers Work, and Poetry Matters. Mr. Fletcher lives with his family in New Hampshire.

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