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Poetry writing is good for you,
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This review is from: Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching (Paperback)
I loved this book. I read it through once in a couple of days and then went through it again and made notes. The aspects I really enjoyed were the style of writing but also the fact that the author makes a point of telling you how important it is to be in touch with your inner life in order to write beautiful poems. The way to do that, he suggests, is to engage in free writing for short periods of time, say ten to fifteen minutes on a particular subject: `...the imagination likes a wide open field of action, fifteen minutes of licence and immunity.' (p. 51) But this is not all; words have to be chosen carefully so that they `belong directly to the five senses'.
He analyses how some of the most important poetry writing tools affect the reader. A good simile or metaphor, for example, must make you see distinctly the two related concepts. A unique detail of a person's appearance should be chosen instead of a common one when you write a poem about a character.
Towards the end of the book there are two chapters of useful advice on writing novels.
In the final chapter Mr. Hughes reiterates and emphasises the concept that poetry puts its author in touch with her inner life, imagination and intelligence. Poetry writing is worth pursuing for this reason alone.