A Poetry Handbook

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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 130 pages
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With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. “Stunning” (Los Angeles Times). Index.

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A delightfully well-written intro to poetry. - Goodreads
I love it when poets write prose! - Goodreads
An enjoyable overview to the craft of poetry. - Goodreads
Very concise advice to beginning poets. - Goodreads
Brilliant insights from my favorite poet - Goodreads
An excellent resource on poetry writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lori Widmer Bean - Goodreads

A superb book that gives both a primer and a refresher for poets at all levels. Mary Oliver delivers simple, essential information that helps improve your writing through understanding. A must for all poets. Read full review

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User Review  - Sweetdarlin' - Goodreads

Great book for anyone who is a poetry lover or amateur poet. Oliver provides A LOT of quotable material on/about poetry that I will keep with me for inspiration when working on my craft. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio on September 10, 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Her other works include White Pine, West Wind, Why I Wake Early, Thirst, Red Bird, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, A Thousand Mornings, and Blue Horses: Poems. She has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light, and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems. Her books of prose include A Poetry Handbook, Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings. She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College from 1995 to 2001.

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