A Poetry Handbook


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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, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a short space.

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Apr 15, 2010

Best Handbook

This is one of the best books I've read to aid in understanding and writing poetry. Mary Oliver's poems are some of the most beautiful I've ever read and she certainly understands the crafting of a poem.


Sep 6, 2007

Not for Advanced Readers of Poetry

For the beginner. Would not say this treatise is particularly inspiring for the writer. Lays down the rules for the basic craft in a preachy way. An OK book, if this is what you are looking for in a manual.

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