Creating PoetryBook - 1991
Provides exercises and tips for writing poetry dealing with such issues as shaping the poem, developing rhythm, using appropriate language, determining what to write about, and finishing the piece
With no bias toward form or style, Drury addresses the subjects of language text, subject matter, free and measured verse, imagery, metaphor, the various methods of constructing and experimenting with new poetic forms, and encourages budding poets to practice techniques of thinking and seeing from new angles, ways of shaping and experimenting with language, and methods of finding their own voice. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Poets can't impose their will on the muse. That's why it's so important that you write regularly, keep reworking your drafts, and experiment in your writing. This book will help you by offering advice, inspiration, and hundreds of exercises to get you goingall designed to invoke your muse.
With no bias toward any form or style, John Drury addresses imagery, metaphor, and the different methods of constructing and experimenting with new poetic forms. You'll find twelve chapters overflowing with examples, exercises, and promptsall practical tools you can use right now in your poetry writing. For example, you'll find information on:
- Preparing: developing your poetic sensitivity
- Language: learning the fundamental tools of poetry and using them effectively
- Sight: refining sightand insightto make your poetry come alive within the mind's eyeand the heart's eye, too
- Sound: sensitizing yourself to the music of wordsboth singly and in combination
- Movement: developing the rhythmic qualities that make poems singand shout, march, croon, and whisper
- Voice: becoming aware of the fine nuances of how the words are said and connected, revealing each poem's implied speaker and "stance"
- Finishing: bringing each poem to successful completion