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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry asthere are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best wordsin the best order.” St. Augustine called it “theDevil’s wine.” For Shelley, poetry was “therecord of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and bestminds.” But no matter how you define it, poetry has exerciseda hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than fivemillennia. That’s because for the attentive reader, poetryhas the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightningbolts flashing in the brain — to throw open thedoors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel’sedge.

Poetry For Dummies is a great guide to reading andwriting poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested inverse.  From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley toGinsberg, it introduces you to poetry’s greatestpractitioners. It arms you with the tools you need to understandand appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your owntalent as a poet. Discover how to:

  • Understand poetic language and forms
  • Interpret poems
  • Get a handle on poetry through the ages
  • Find poetry readings near you
  • Write your own poems
  • Shop your work around to publishers

Don’t know the difference between an iamb and a trochee?Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and itcovers a lot more ground besides, including:

  • Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poeticlanguage
  • Mastering the three steps to interpretation
  • Facing the challenges of older poetry
  • Exploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the globalvillage
  • Writing open-form poetry
  • Working with traditional forms of verse
  • Writing exercises for aspiring poets
  • Getting published

From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone inbetween, Poetry For Dummies puts you in touch with thegreats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing aghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book foryou.

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