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5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring guide to writing poetry, 31 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: A Poetry Handbook (Paperback)
Mary Oliver's poetry itself can do some teaching on its own, but we can be grateful she's chosen to articulate the writing process so richly in this book. The book will almost certainly will wring some writing out of you; it will also inspire you to examine your work habits and technique. Oliver's intelligence shines through, and will make you a better reader of poetry. Small note on the previous review: Mary Oliver does, indeed, teach, at Bennington College currently. If you can't enroll there, this book is your next best choice.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teacher as well as a wonderful poet, 29 Jun. 2006
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I have read several poetry how-to books and this one is my favourite. It is sufficiently structured that you can look things up when you need to but it reads beautifully as a whole, getting under the skin of what makes poetry different from other kinds of writing. There are lots of tips and enough examples of good and bad practice to help you shape your output immediately. The deeper stuff trickles through into a fuller appreciation of the wonderful art of poetry writing and reading. It is fairly short and only as technical as it needs to be. Ideal for those of us who don't have degrees in English Literature!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical help for poets, 6 Jun. 2013
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Inspiring and practical. This is not a book with loads of poetry exercises, I would say it would suit the more experienced poet who has already attended workshops and can write and edit their own poetry. It is more about helping with any doubts you may have and inspiring you to take your work to a new level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Elements of Style" for poetry, 2 Sept. 1999
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The book is a concise, brilliant guide for anyone interested in writing poetry or in understanding it better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best short book for writers of poetry, 29 Jan. 1997
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Mary Oliver chose to avoid teaching so she could concentrate on her poetry. Too bad for students. Here, however, she gives students and accomplished poets alike a sensible and sensitive handbook that conveys not only the craft of poetry but its power, its mystery, and its magic. Readers who say they don't like poetry should give Oliver a chance to change their minds and hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook, 13 Mar. 2013
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Excellent book. Very helpful for aspiring poets and fans of Mary Oliver's work. Again, it was like attending one of her seminars, and very useful to have on hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide, 30 Sept. 2014
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A fantastic guide to poetry. I bought it because it was on my reading list for university, but it's a smashing book for anyone interested in poetry. I loved reading it, and really enjoyed Mary Oliver's writing - she is very accessible.
I know I will return to this book over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book, 15 April 2015
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A superbly informative book. Accessible and enlightening for beginners and experienced alike. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry tutor, 4 Sept. 2014
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This is a high level fun book and an excellent way to begin a study of poetry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's Gift She Was Afraid to Give, 6 Sept. 1999
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Sitting at a picnic table, I was given a book on poetry writing by Mary Oliver. I carried it around like a candy bar, taking bites of its peanuts in chocolate words about words. She states that she was afraid to write it because she loved the subject too much. Yet what a gift of love she has given. And what more do we have to give, or does Mary for that matter, than the words we are afraid to say? Thank you Mary.
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