Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching Paperback – 16 Oct 2008
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"A classic anthology of creative writing by a 'guardian spirit of the land and language.' (Seamus Heaney) 'In a series of chapters built round poems by a number of writers including himself... [Ted Hughes] explores, colourfully and intensively, themes such as 'Capturing Animals', 'Wind and Weather' and 'Writing about People'. The purpose throughout is to lead on, via a discussion of the poems (which he does with riveting skill) to some direct encouragement to the children to think and write for themselves. He makes the whole venture seem enjoyable, and somehow urgent...' Times Literary Supplement"
Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching is a classic anthology of creative writing by Ted Hughes, a 'guardian spirit of the land and language' (Seamus Heaney).See all Product Description
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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.
"There are all sorts of ways of capturing animals and birds and fish. I spent most of my time, up to the age of fifteen or so, trying out many of these ways and when my enthusiasm began to wane, as it did gradually, I started to write poems." (P 15) He writes of his poems in this first chapter as "his prize catches". Finding this book is a prize catch for readers.
1. Capturing Animals
2. Wind and Weather
3. Writing about People
4. Learning to Think
5. Writing about Landscape
6. Writing a Novel: Beginning
7. Writing a Novel: Going on
8. Meet my Folks
9. Moon Creatures
"Words are tools, learned late and laboriously and easily forgotten, with which we try give some part of our experience a more or less permanent shape outside outrselves." (P 119)
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Hughes, poetry or novel writing or literature in general. For teachers, it is a helpful companion to creative writing lessons. I am fortunate enough to have the original programmes on cassettes but the BBC would be on a winner if it produced a CD of the programmes. Intended for young people, it is only necessary to be young in spirit to enjoy this wealth of suggestions and hints as well as enjoyable readings of a varied range of poetry.
In the meantime, just enjoy this 130-page book.
Ostensibly for children, but this ageing adult has been beguiled for decades by it, this wonderful book sets out to inspire and help budding writers - of all ages, but particularly young people.
In several chapters, such as Wind and Weather, Learning to Think, and Writing About Landscape, Hughes gives a delightful, vigorous commentary and provides examples of poetry from diverse sources, from John Clare to D.H. Lawrence, Holub to Popa, Edward Thomas to Larkin. He also includes a generous selection of his own poems along the way, a good idea as those not familiar with his oeuvre can see him, as it were, putting his money where his mouth is and, more importantly, benefit from his keenly observant eye and ear.
Of course, this is a book for teachers as well as learners of poetry. One wonders how much and how often poetry is taught these days in our schools, since recent governments appear to believe that children should be taught only what is necessary to contribute to the economy, an attitude so philistine as to be obscene. If it is still taught with any enthusiasm, this is a book which ought still to be in every classroom. Not everyone can be a poet, but we can all be readers. The more poetry you read, the more it becomes as natural a part of your life as breathing.
Sometimes, whatever age we are, we need a book like this, to remind, to remember, to re-inspire. Hughes was a dynamic inspirer of others, and a devoted believer in the sheer power of literature, for adults and children alike.Read more ›
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Ted Hughes was a genius. This is a must for any fan of his work, or indeed for any fan of poetryPublished 9 months ago by Ian Cowdroy
book content is good, was expecting better in terms of print/binding quality, it's got a horrible font and really poor quality paper, like a mass market paperbackPublished 11 months ago by submerged_photographer
Outstanding, short key points to take to heart and a book to re read several times.Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Oakley
Extremely lucid and inspiring account of how to write. It worked for me as well as my son.Published on 27 July 2014 by Mark Duffy