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Poetry For Dummies by [Timpane, John]
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From the Back Cover

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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7043 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (16 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SQS6XU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought this book for my poetry exam that I had to retake due to a bad grade. It helped me a LOT!!! The title '... for Dummies' will put off a lot of people from buying it because they think it'll mean they're dumb and so have to resort to purchasing a book for 'actual' dummies but that is far from the truth. Poetry For Dummies simplifies poetry in so many great ways and avoids all the technical jargon most books, revision texts and even teachers use.

I recommend this to anyone and everyone. Its for all ages. It's too bad schools don't use these books in their English or poetry classes. This book also is a manual to writing poetry.

Please do buy this and see for yourself. I'm not so sure about the rest of the '...For Dummies' books but coming from me, an A Level English Literature Student who needs all the help she can get, its amazingly helpful.

Oh and I also improved my grade with this :D
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I have been writing poetry on and off for 40 years and have had numerous pieces of work published in anthologies over the years. this said I have never explored poetry in an academic fashion. Phil book gives a good foundation for helping a novice understand poetry, its history and its style, with and excellent guide on how to begin writing poetry. The appendices are an excellent point of reference and lead you into further research. The key downside to the book is that is it is American and the guides on how to get published are U.s. based.
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Don't be put off by rather unappealing cover design, this is a very good book. It has increased my enjoyment of poetry enormously.
Clear, entertaining and thorough explanations, provides lots of recommendations on other texts - both poems and criticism - that otherwise I'd never know about, excellent brief history of poetry from year dot and encouragement/advise for potential poets.
All-in-all a complete delight.
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This book is inspiring and educational. It is a pleasure to read. It encourages the reader to get out and write their own poetry, but also shows the history of poetry.
For those who just want to read poetry this is not the best book for you, but for those who want to write poetry and understand it this isn't just for dummies.
Nobody can teach you how to write poetry, for that you must practise, but this book will point you in the right direction and really help you get closer to it.
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This book is good. It is well set out and takes the reader systematically through the major points on poetry. It combines a general introduction to the subject with some quite thoughtful analysis of individual poems, and manages all this in a simple but not patronising style. A good general introduction.
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I RECENTLY BEGAN READING POETRY AND FIND THIS BOOK A BIG HELP. I WAS NEVER INTO POERTY WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL BUT PICKED UP A COLLECTION CALLED POEMS BY HEART BY LAURA BARBER. MOST OF THE POEMS I HAD NOT GOT A CLUE WHAT THEY WERE ABOUT AND THIS BOOK HELPED ME
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Be prepared that you will learn something! A breath of fresh air as my tutor did not even attempt explaining basics of poetry before he jumped in stating what we should answer with in our assignment. As I like to know what I am writing about, I went about my own research and by passed his ego trip. Worth the money y'all!
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I bought this for my husband and he has found it very helpful and has commented how easy it is to read and says what it means in laymans terms and not highbrow which is just what people need when setting off to anything new that they are not sure of.
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