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A POETRY HANDBOOK by Mary Oliver

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REFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS OF RHYTHM AND RHYME

Poetic reference.

Sound, Line, Diction, Image, Rules.

Forms from Free to Strict.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Adult/YA

Poetry

Nonfiction

Reference

Chapters include: Getting Ready, Reading Poems, Imitation, Sound, More Devices of Sound, The Line, Some Given Forms, Verse That is Free, Diction/Tone/Voice, Imagery, Revision, Workshops and Solitude, Conclusion

Important points about evolution of free form from strict forms of the past

Notes about learning form before delving into free

Stress on learning by imitation – i.e. copying the words of old masters and using these copies to learn rhythm, form, style and tone

“Discussing free verse is like talking about an iceberg, a shining object that is mostly underwater.” (p.68)

“Speech entered the poem.  The poem was no longer a lecture, it was time spent with a friend.  It’s music was the music of conversation.” (p.70)

“The poem is not a discussion, not a lecture, but an instant – an instance of attention, of noticing something in the world.” (p.74)