tonyv Posted May 7, 2009 Share Posted May 7, 2009 I have quite a few books on reading and writing poetry. I will share a list of them here. I hope others will also tell about the books they have found useful. Here I am with my Poetry for Dummies book ... ...and below is the list of books in my collection. They are all in English, and I will provide a rating for the degree of language difficulty for each book. If anyone has any questions about any of these books, please reply in this topic, or send me a pm. I will add to the list as I have time, and as my collection grows -- ****** Poetry for Dummies by John Timpane, Ph.D. with Maureen Watts. Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 2001. -------An excellent reference book written in easy-to-understand language. All aspects of poetry are discussed, and tips on writing are provided, along with some exercises. This is the only book from the Dummies series that I have, but from what I hear, they are all excellent. [(309 pages) Laguage: easy.] A Poet's Guide to Poetry by Mary Kinzie. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press; 1999. -------A scholarly and exhaustive reference book. Contains a complete glossary. [(561 pages) Language: moderate to difficult.] A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver. New York: Harcourt, Inc.; 1994. -------An excellent primer, written by a very popular poet. [(130 pages) Language: easy to moderate]. How to Read a Poem by Burton Raffel. New York: The New American Library; 1984. -------I've had this book for over twenty years. It's an excellent comprehensive reference source by a poet who is also a professor and translator. If I could only have one general book on poetry out all of them, I would choose this one. In addition to the fantastic information on poetry, it contains a wonderful selection of poems, including many of the ones I shared back on the old site by authors such as James Wright, Charles Simic, and Denise Levertov. This one's still available, too; I saw it recently at Barnes & Noble. I think I'll buy myself a new copy, because mine has become tattered over the years ... [(260 pages) Language: moderate] Creating Poetry by John Drury. Cincinnati: F&W Publications, Inc.; 1991. -------This one's on writing poetry. It's loaded with tips and exercises. [(211 pages) Language: moderate] The Art and Craft of Poetry by Michael Bugeja. Cincinnati: F&W Publications, Inc.; 1994. -------Another wonderful book on writing poetry. Also loaded with tips and exercises. [(339 pages) Language: moderate] How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch. New York: Harcourt, Inc.; 1999. -------General, on poetry. [(354 pages) Language: moderate] The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press; 2005. -------The cover bears an inscription that reads, "Practical Advice for Beginning Poets." Written by a former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (USA). [(163 pages) Language: moderate] All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing -- an Explanation of Meter and Versification by Timothy Steele. Athens: Ohio University Press; 1999. -------Metrics. [(366 pages) Language: moderate] ****** I have more books on poetry, too, but they are the old school textbook types. It's unlikely that they can be readily obtained from anywhere. Tony Quote Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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