• RRP: £10.99
  • You Save: £2.50 (23%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Poetry in the Making: A H... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching Paperback – 16 Oct 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.49
£4.09 £3.40
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£8.49 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching
  • +
  • The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
  • +
  • Writing Poems (Bloodaxe Poetry Handbooks)
Total price: £23.43
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571233805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571233809
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"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"

Book Description

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

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
1 Comment 56 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Somewhere, perhaps in the dark and dusty storerooms of the BBC, there is a tape of this Ted Hughes' programme in the "Listening and Writing" series, because each chapter of this book was a programme. Made for Miss Moira Doolan of the BBC Schools Broadcasting Department, it was an excellent series of programmes in which Hughes read his (and other) poetry while giving hints on how to write and insights into how he wites.

"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.
2 Comments 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
The late and much missed Ted Hughes (1930-98) was a great ambassador for poetry, as well as a very fine poet. I can`t think of another who could have written a book quite like this, or quite so successfully.
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 ›
Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is an inspiring book for both children and adults. As an adult just starting to write poetry and short stories I found it second to none. Ted Hughes clearly thinks everyone can learn to write well. I found it original and articulate, refreshingly different to the many 'You can do it' books which flood the market today. I highly recommend it.
2 Comments 28 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback