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Get expert tips on writing your own poems
Understand and appreciate the pleasures of poetry
Can′t tell the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Don′t worry! This friendly guide demystifies all that complicated jargon and explains how to truly enjoy poetry. The authors walk you through poetry′s history, show you where to find exciting contemporary readings, and provide easy exercises to stimulate your own poetic juices.
Praise for Poetry For Dummies
"Poetry For Dummies is a pleasant romp... with tons of information, informally and intelligently presented....A fine introduction to poetry."
Willis Barnstone, author of Sappho: A New Translation and Algebra of Night
"Amaze and delight your friends at coffee houses or cocktail parties! Nobody who reads this welcoming and enlightening introduction to poetry from Sappho to slams will be a dummy about poetry anymore."
Ed Taylor, Executive Director, just buffalo literary center
Discover how to:
Understand the language and forms of poetry
Interpret a poem′s possible meanings
Get a handle on poetry through the ages
Find poetry readings near you
Write your own poems
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About the Author
The Poetry Center in San Francisco sponsors readings and awards and houses a renowned poetry archive. John Timpane, Ph.D., is the author of It Could Be Verse: Anybody′s Guide to Poetry. Maureen Watts is a writer and longtime poetry activist who serves on the board of the National Poetry Association