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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (22 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393321789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393321784
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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A generous and exquisitely selective anthology of poetry forms that may make you decide to give up E-mail and start writing sestinas and villanelles. --Francine Prose

A marvelous new anthology... intended for readers daunted by terminology and complex poetic forms.

Much more poetry than commentary appears, making the book both a splendid classroom text and, since the selections are top-drawer poems by first-rate poets, a book any poetry lover or would-be poetry lover may learn from and love.

This is the book writers and readers, teachers and students, have been dreaming of canny, generous, and practical, Boland and Strand are ideal guides through the golden labyrinth of poetry at its most ingenious and commanding. A marvelous collection! --J.D. McClatchy

A generous and exquisitely selective anthology of poetry forms that may make you decide to give up E-mail and start writing sestinas and villanelles.--Francine Prose

A marvelous new anthology... intended for readers daunted by terminology and complex poetic forms.

This is the book writers and readers, teachers and students, have been dreaming of canny, generous, and practical, Boland and Strand are ideal guides through the golden labyrinth of poetry at its most ingenious and commanding. A marvelous collection!--J.D. McClatchy"

Much more poetry than commentary appears, making the book both a splendid classroom text and, since the selections are top-drawer poems by first-rate poets, a book any poetry lover or would-be poetry lover may learn from and love.

About the Author

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland. Mark Strand (1934-2014) won the Pulitzer Prize for Blizzard of One and was Poet Laureate of the United States.


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First, the good news! - This book is an absolute must-have. It's well-written, clear, entertaining, educated, and manages to avoid being patronising while still managing to be both satisfyingly clever and thankfully simple.

Anybody wanting to own a concise volume of poetic forms and techniques would do well to invest in this book. It covers the basics of some of the more interesting poetic forms and does it in a way that's easy to understand. Example (from page 5):-

THE VILLANELLE AT A GLANCE:

1) It is a poem of nineteen lines.
2) It has five stanzas, each of three lines, with a final one of four lines.
3) The first line of the first stanza is repeated as the last line of the second and fourth stanzas.
4) ...etc etc

It then goes on to give the history of the form, its place in the modern context, and finally a close-up of one of the leading exponents. In between all this brilliantness it regales the reader with cracking examples of some of the classics of the genre (staying with the Villanelle, it gives us Downson's "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures", Dylan Thomas's breathtaking "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", and Wendy Cope's "Reading Scheme", among others). An absolute treasure-trove!

The forms it covers are:
The villanelle;
The sestina;
The pantoum;
The sonnet;
The ballad;
Blank verse;
The heroic couplet; and
The stanza.

It also spends time on the elegy, the pastoral and the ode.
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This book has enchanced my appreciation for Poetry. It is both precise and detailed and never really boring, all the information is relevant and none of it seems out of place or confusing.
Apart from the wonderful writing it is divided into well chosen sections that follow the questions that one would ask. An introduction followed by section 1. Verse Form, II. Meter, III. Shaping Forms and IV.Open Forms. For each of these there are ample examples (types of Poems such as Senstina, Villanelle, Pantoum, Heroic Couplet, Elegy, Ode, etc.). Eor each of those examples there is and overview and history text which allows the reader to become more familar and envolved with the poems and helps to better the understanding and the poet's intentions.
The first line of the book's Introductory Statement says it all really: "This book looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form."
A must have for all Poetry fans and Language teachers/professors of simply lovers of language.
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In the introductory statement the writers say this book is intended to answer those basic questions such as how does a sonnet work, what is a Sestina & what rules govern it, how many lines make up a Villanelle & what is it's rhyme scheme? To do this they have traced the history of the various forms, in many cases back to the peasant origins and work songs of the countryside or the Balladeers who sung stories, spun the tales & spread the news through their communities and out to a wider audience. By answering these questions, by providing an overview of the major poetic forms, their history and the rules that they follow, bend or break, they hope to provide the reader with a key that will open the path to what will be a lifelong journey, with this book as a guide and map.

After the introduction, both editors state their case for poetry via their own personal experience, first as readers, discovering the art and on to the status they later achieved as poets in their own right, it's this experience, insight and passion that stops this book being a dry academic exercise and makes it a suitable aid at what ever level you want to use it for, whether a university student or just someone wishing to understand more.

What's wonderful about this book is the amount of poetry within the pages, easily outnumbering the pages of text, example after example used to demonstrate form and just there to be read. This isn't just a text book, it's an anthology of poetry with writers such as Mathew Arnold, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Gluck, Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats, Charles Simic, Sylvia Plath, W.S.
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We who wish to write poetry, once we have got over an adolescent tendency to write formless and undisciplined lines, will want to start using the tools that make poetry a craft and give it its proper vigour.

This book explains the traditional forms and then gives many examples from the best poets. I have found it an essential help in my own efforts.

I shall not tax your patience by repeating the excellent comments of the reviewers who have preceded me. I would add, though, that those who want more on forms and technicalities entertainingly presented will enjoy 'The Ode Less Travelled' by Stephen Fry. The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
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