The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry

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9780028641416: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry

Is writing poetry alive and well beyond the ivory walls of academia? Yes, and it always has been.. Poetry has never lost its original purpose-as a means of expression for anyone and everyone. With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Poetry, aspiring poets-those who write for their own pleasure and those who dream of publication-will have the world of poetry opened wide for them. They'll learn the poetic process, how to "paint with words" using imagery, metaphors, repetition, rhyme, tenor, tone, and voice and how to deal with writer's block. Lessons on writing love poems, chants, sonnets, epics, political satire, limericks and more are also included. Poetry groups, conferences, competitions, colonies and workshops are also covered.

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Nikki Moustaki holds an M.A. in creative writing/poetry from New York University and an MFA in the same from Indiana University. She is the recipient of a 2001 National Endowment for the Arts Grant in poetry. Nikki has taught both poetry and fiction writing at New York University and Indiana University, as well as fiction, memoir, and poetry writing at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York City. Her publishing credits include Quarterly West, Cream City Review, Alaska Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Spoon River Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, PIF Magazine, American Literary Review, Yemassee Review, Madison Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Yankee Magazine, among others. Nikki hosts the writing Web site http://www.4betteror4words.com, featuring writing services and interviews with contemporary poets. You can e-mail her at betterverse@aol.com for information on upcoming private workshops and poetry critique.

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Discover the poet within! You've read poetry that has touched your heart, and you'd like to improve your own writing technique. But even though you have loads of inspiration, you're discovering that good instruction can be as elusive as a good metaphor. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry will help you compose powerful, emotion-packed poems that you can be proud of. You'll learn simple explanations of poetry building blocks such as metaphor, imagery, symbolism and stanzas; steps to the poetic process; easy-to-follow guidelines for writing sonnets, sestinas, narrative poems and more; fun exercises to help you master the basics of poetry writing; cliches and other poetry pitfalls to avoid; advice on writers' conferences and workshops; tips on getting your poetry published; good poems that will inspire your own work; strategies to beat writer's block.

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Book Description ALPHA, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. WHAT IS POETRY AND HOW DO I WRITE. 1. What Is Poetry and How Do I Begin to Write? Where Does Poetry Come From? Reading and Writing. What Is a Poet? Do You Have to Have Talent to Write Poetry? Why Write Poems? Uses for a Poem. Exercises. 2. Exposing Poetry's Bones: What Poetry Is Made Of. Rivets and Beams. Nuts 'n' Bolts. Content (What Are You Going to Write About?). Basic Types of Poems. How Do I Put All These Things Together? Exercises. 3. Getting Started (and Over the Fear of Starting!): The Poetic Process. The Poet's Toolbox. The Blank Page. Great Openings. How to Know If What You Are Writing Is Good. Exercises. 4. All Your Words Fit to Print (and Some That Aren't!): Keeping Journals. What Is Journaling? Types of Journals. The Short Course in Journaling. Extracting Poems from Your Journals. A Poem a Day. Exercises. II. OPENING THE STANZA'S DOOR: ENTERING POETRY. 5. Painting with Words: Imagery. No Ideas but in Things. The Five Senses. Painting with Words: How to Create an Image. Exercises. 6. Metaphorically Speaking. Metaphor. When Good Metaphors Go Bad: Mixed Metaphor. How to Create a Metaphor. Exercises for the Metaphorically Impaired. 7. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. Repeating Words. Repeating Phrases and Refrains. Beginning and Ending Repetition. Anaphora. Image and Symbol Repetition. Syntactical Repetition. Metrical Repetition. Sonic Repetition. Exercises. 8. The Sound of Music. The Music of Poetry. Rhyme. Rhyme Scheme. Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance. Tone, Voice, and Diction. Meter. Exercises. 9. You've Got Rhythm: Metrical Poetry. Why Poets Use Meter. What Is Meter? Blank Verse. Accentual and Syllabic Meter. Exercises. III. POPULAR TYPES OF POEMS AND HOW TO WRITE THEM. 10. Tell Me a Story: Narrative Poetry. Cause and Effect. Who's the Speaker? Point of View. Dialogue. The Ballad. Exercises. 11. Love and the Great Beyond. Wooing 101: Love Poems. Death and Grieving. Exercises. 12. The Three Faces of Eve: Persona Poems and Letter Poems. Persona Poems. The Epistle Poem. Exercises. 13. Spellbinding!: List Poems and Rituals. Starting with a List. Rituals. Exercises. 14. Some Fun Fixed Forms. Sonnets. Villanelle. Sestina. Canzone. Pantoum. Ghazal. Haiku and Tanka. Poems to Dance By. Triolet. Exercises. 15. More Fun Forms. Acrostic. Ars Poetica. Aubade. Cento. Concrete Poetry and Calligrams. Found Poems. Light Verse. Ode. Pastoral. Prose Poem. Other Fun Forms to Try. Exercises. IV. POETRY AND PRACTICALITY. 16. Cursed Be He Who Stirs My Bones!: Avoiding Poetry Pitfalls. Using Poetic Conventions. Language Problems. Lack of Focus. Punctuation Problems. Grammar in a Poem? Telling, Not Showing. Musical Matters. Subject Matter Matters. Exercises. 17. How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?: Revision, Revision, Revision. Revise Away! Murdering Your Darlings. Why Revise? When Good Poems Go Bad: The Quick Fix. Enough Is Just Enough. The Death of a Poem. A Sample Revision. Exercises. 18. To Slam or Not To Slam?: Reading Your Poetry in Public. Why Should I Read Poetry in Public? Where to Read. What to Expect at a Reading. Audience Etiquette. Reader Etiquette. Slamming and the Spoken Word. Writing for Listeners. Starting a Reading Series or a Slam. Exercises. 19. Writing in a Vacuum: Workshops, Colonies, Conferences. What Is a Poetry Workshop? Starting a Workshop. Finding Mr. or Mrs. Critic Right. Writers' Conferences. Writers' Colonies. The Creative Writing Degree. Exercises. 20. Your Name in Print: Getting Published.</. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028641418

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