A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry

A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way.

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393253931

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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An innovative and accessible guide to poetry-writing by an award-winning poet and beloved professor of poetry. A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke’s "My Papa’s Waltz" and Robert Hayden’s "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"—those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears.

The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write Poems

In this moving, playful, and deeply philosophical volume, acclaimed poet Gregory Orr returns with a passionate exploration of the forces that shape us.

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9781324002369

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

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An eminent lyric poet at the top of his form writes indelibly of grief and love. In his twelfth volume, “master of the lyric poem” (Paris Review) Gregory Orr returns with a passionate exploration of the forces that shape us. Moving from personal trauma (“Song of What Happens”) to public catastrophe (“Charlottesville Elegy”), Orr seeks innovative ways for the imagination to respond to and create meaning out of painful experiences, while at the same time rejoicing in love and language. The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write engages the deepest existential issues with wisdom and humor and transforms them into celebratory song. FROM “AFTERMATH INVENTORY” My wounds? If, Somehow, I Grow through them, Aren’t they also a boon?

River Inside the River Poems

River Inside the River combines Orr’s characteristic spirituality and meditative lyricism with storytelling and myth-making. These are poems that will sustain, console, and give hope, from a poet at the height of his powers.

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393240443

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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“A striking meditation on art’s free-standing place in the natural world.”—Cortland Review From the acclaimed American poet whose work the San Francisco Review called “mystical, carnal, reflective, wry” come three gorgeous poetic sequences. In the first, “Eden and After,” Gregory Orr retells the story of Adam and Eve. The second sequence, “The City of Poetry,” evokes and explores a visionary metropolis where “every poem is a house, and every house a poem.” The final sequence, “River Inside the River,” focuses on redemption through the mysterious power of language to resurrect the beloved and recover what is lost. River Inside the River combines Orr’s characteristic spirituality and meditative lyricism with storytelling and myth-making. These are poems that will sustain, console, and give hope, from a poet at the height of his powers.

The Blessing

Throughout The Blessing, Orr articulates his journey in language as lyrical as it is authentic, gifting us all with a singular tale of survival, and of the transformation of suffering into art.

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher:

ISBN: 1571313869

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Hailed on its original publication as "eloquent testimony to the engaging power of art in a man's life" (Washington Post), this deeply moving memoir, long out of print, is reissued with an illuminating new afterword.

The Craft of Poetry

What should readers notice and look out for? Poet Lucy Newlyn demystifies the principles of the form, effortlessly illustrating key approaches and terms--all through her own original verse.

Author: Lucy Newlyn

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300251913

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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A wonderfully accessible handbook to the art of writing and reading poetry--itself written entirely in verse How does poetry work? What should readers notice and look out for? Poet Lucy Newlyn demystifies the principles of the form, effortlessly illustrating key approaches and terms--all through her own original verse. Each poem exemplifies an aspect of poetic craft--but read together they suggest how poetry can evoke a whole community and its way of life in myriad ways. In a series of beautiful meditations, Newlyn guides the reader through key aspects of poetry, from sonnets and haiku to volta and synecdoche. Avoiding glosses and notes, her poems are allowed to speak for themselves, and show that there are no limits to what poetry can communicate. Newlyn's timeless verse will appeal to lovers of poetry as well as to practitioners, teachers, and students of all ages. Onomatopoeia You'd play here all day if you had your way-- near the stepping-stones, in the clearest of rock-pools, where water slaps and slips; where minnows dart, and a baby trout flop-flips.

The Secret Life of Poems

The Secret Life of Poems is a primer which offers a poem - or on occasion an excerpt - succeeding with commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase.

Author: Tom Paulin

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571264049

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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The Secret Life of Poems is a primer which offers a poem - or on occasion an excerpt - succeeding with commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase. This brief engagement with forty-seven poems is intended for students and readers of poetry, and seeks to explain how poetry works by bringing into view the hidden order of specific poems.

The Sighted Singer Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers

Theory and Practice of Poetry). Poems, the work of three millennia in the West,
are always there before us, and are open to all; the making of poems, a practice
or work with which everyone is somehow engaged, is also always going on, and
is ...

Author: Allen R. Grossman

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015024800495

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 387

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"The Sighted Singer" makes available a revised and significantlyexpanded version of "Against Our Vanishing" and includes Grossman's recent treatise" "Summa Lyrica: " A Primer of the Commonplaces in Speculative Poetry." This combined edition provides a sophisticated yet accessible discussion--across generations--of "the fundamental discourse of poetic structure."

A Poetry Handbook

Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156724006

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 130

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Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops

The Sighted Singer Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers

" This combined edition provides a sophisticated yet accessible discussion--across generations--of "the fundamental discourse of poetic structure."

Author: Allen R. Grossman

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4437626

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 387

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"The Sighted Singer" makes available a revised and significantlyexpanded version of "Against Our Vanishing" and includes Grossman's recent treatise" "Summa Lyrica: " A Primer of the Commonplaces in Speculative Poetry." This combined edition provides a sophisticated yet accessible discussion--across generations--of "the fundamental discourse of poetic structure."

How to Read Poetry Like a Professor

With How to Read Poetry Like a Professor, readers can rediscover poetry and reap its many rewards.

Author: Thomas C. Foster

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 006211378X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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From the bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes this essential primer to reading poetry like a professor that unlocks the keys to enjoying works from Lord Byron to the Beatles. No literary form is as admired and feared as poetry. Admired for its lengthy pedigree—a line of poets extending back to a time before recorded history—and a ubiquitous presence in virtually all cultures, poetry is also revered for its great beauty and the powerful emotions it evokes. But the form has also instilled trepidation in its many admirers mainly because of a lack of familiarity and knowledge. Poetry demands more from readers—intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually—than other literary forms. Most of us started out loving poetry because it filled our beloved children's books from Dr. Seuss to Robert Louis Stevenson. Eventually, our reading shifted to prose and later when we encountered poetry again, we had no recent experience to make it feel familiar. But reading poetry doesn’t need to be so overwhelming. In an entertaining and engaging voice, Thomas C. Foster shows readers how to overcome their fear of poetry and learn to enjoy it once more. From classic poets such as Shakespeare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Edna St. Vincent Millay to later poets such as E.E. Cummings, Billy Collins, and Seamus Heaney, How to Read Poetry Like a Professor examines a wide array of poems and teaches readers: How to read a poem to understand its primary meaning. The different technical elements of poetry such as meter, diction, rhyme, line structures, length, order, regularity, and how to learn to see these elements as allies rather than adversaries. How to listen for a poem’s secondary meaning by paying attention to the echoes that the language of poetry summons up. How to hear the music in poems—and the poetry in songs! With How to Read Poetry Like a Professor, readers can rediscover poetry and reap its many rewards.

A Primer of the Novel

For Readers and Writers David Madden, Charles Bane, Sean M. Flory. called “
poetic madness . ” Although Wordsworth spoke of “ emotion recollected in
tranquility , ” the Romantics made frequent use of the Muses ' Switchboard . On
the me ...

Author: David Madden

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114416527

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre.

An American Primer

This rare text comprises the 83 of the most important documents in American's past, presented here with interesting commentaries by such esteemed historians as Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Steele Commager.

Author: Walt Whitman

Publisher: Boucher Press

ISBN: 1473308887

Category: Fiction

Page: 54

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This rare text comprises the 83 of the most important documents in American s past, presented here with interesting commentaries by such esteemed historians as Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Steele Commager. A book elected for its prolific historical and educational value, this text is an immensely important piece of literature that will appeal to those with an interest in the political past of America and constitutes a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Spanning the spectrum of American s diverse history as it was made and as it was lived, this fascinating book contains: The Declaration on Independence, The American Constitution, The Monroe Doctrine, Mary Easty s Petition of an Accused Witch, Elizabeth Cady Stanton s Address on the Divorce Bill, Mary Baker Eddy s Science and Health, and many other important texts intrinsic to the history of the United States. Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819 1892) was a famous American poet, journalist, and essayist, most famous for his life s work, Leaves Of Grass. Originally published in 1904, this scarce text is proudly republished here with a new prefatory biography of the author."

Poetry and Pedagogy

Chapter 19 Creative Wreading: A Primer Charles Bernstein I am professor of
poetry. ... I am committed to bringing into play the performance of poetry—both
the reader's performance of the printed poem and the poet's performance at a
reading, ...

Author: J. Retallack

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137114495

Category: Education

Page: 314

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This anthology is a new reading of the contemporary poetries. The collection gathers together the work of a number of scholars, poets, and teachers on the challenges and productive possibilities that arise when teaching contemporary writing today.

From Primer to Pleasure in Reading

ver Christina Rossetti was a fine lyric poet of sensitive and devout feeling , and
other verses , besides those she wrote for children , are often put into their
anthologies . One of the best known is ' Uphill ' , beginning ' Does the road wind
uphill ...

Author: M. F. Thwaite

Publisher: Library Association Publishing (UK)

ISBN: UOM:39015009386171

Category: Children

Page: 340

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Young Poet s Primer

Offers young poets advice concerning subject matter, style, language, and other topics.

Author: Gwendolyn Brooks

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105040717154

Category: Children's poetry

Page: 15

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Offers young poets advice concerning subject matter, style, language, and other topics.

A Poetry Primer

A POETRY PRIMER Original poems by the author and classic poems by well-known poets make poetry come alive.

Author: Sharon Walrond Harris

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 179275292X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 102

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A POETRY PRIMER Original poems by the author and classic poems by well-known poets make poetry come alive. These FUN poems provide enjoyment and encourage young readers to love poetry and to create their own! YOUNG PEOPLE LOVE THESE FUN POEMS! AND GROWN-UPS DO, TOO! In this "poetry primer," teaching different types of poems is made easy! Each chapter provides the basic elements of a particular style, including narrative, descriptive, lyric, nonsense, limericks, sonnets, and haiku. Parents and teachers love seeing young readers become excited about reading and writing poetry!

How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context

Not only a primer in early Chinese poetry, the volume demonstrates the unique and central role of poetry in the making of Chinese culture. Each chapter focuses on a specific theme to show the interplay between poetry and the world.

Author: Zong-qi Cai

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231546126

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

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How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context is an introduction to the golden age of Chinese poetry, spanning the earliest times through the Tang dynasty (618–907). It aims to break down barriers—between language and culture, poetry and history—that have stood in the way of teaching and learning Chinese poetry. Not only a primer in early Chinese poetry, the volume demonstrates the unique and central role of poetry in the making of Chinese culture. Each chapter focuses on a specific theme to show the interplay between poetry and the world. Readers discover the key role that poetry played in Chinese diplomacy, court politics, empire building, and institutionalized learning; as well as how poems shed light on gender and women’s status, war and knight-errantry, Daoist and Buddhist traditions, and more. The chapters also show how people of different social classes used poetry as a means of gaining entry into officialdom, creating self-identity, fostering friendship, and airing grievances. The volume includes historical vignettes and anecdotes that contextualize individual poems, investigating how some featured texts subvert and challenge the grand narratives of Chinese history. Presenting poems in Chinese along with English translations and commentary, How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context unites teaching poetry with the social circumstances surrounding its creation, making it a pioneering and versatile text for the study of Chinese language, literature, history, and culture.