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The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers and Writers 1st Edition

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"The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers And Writers by William Harmon, provides students with the essential intellectual and practical tools to read, understand and write poetry." (Writers Forum, 1 April 2011)


"The Poetry Toolkit is a splendid guide for anyone who wants to understand better how poetry works, how to read it more insightfully, and what is involved in writing it.
William Harmon draws on decades of experience both as a professor of literature with a special devotion to teaching poetry and as an accomplished poet who knows the practical side of writing poetry firsthand. From the opening pages onward, he establishes informal, direct, genial contact with his reader, who is equally entertained and instructed.
His wonderfully original Toolkit is a delight to read and the best guide to poetry for writers and readers that I know of."
Frank J Kearful, University of Bonn, Germany

"In The Poetry Toolkit William Harmon uses a glossary of literary terms as a cruise ship to take the reader on a voyage of wonder, discovery, and recognition around the world of poetry. A poet himself, scholar, teacher, critic, he marshals his seemingly limitless erudition in discussions of refreshing clarity, with a relish for language, wry wit, modesty, a willingness to pause and look again, a willingness to be surprised. He is a peerless tour guide, with anecdotes you will never forget. And you will never think of poetry, or think of writing poetry, in quite the same way again."
Robert Morgan, Cornell University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405195770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405195775
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas F. Stalker on February 19, 2013
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Here it is, the A to Z, the Alpha to Omega, the nuts and bolts, the big ideas and the great details, examples galore, essentials with ease. If you want to know what makes a poem tick and tock, what to use with your students in a poetry course, or just what to have a guided tour of ars poetica, William Harmon provides it. From one of the country's finest poets and an acknowledged scholar of poetry itself, this toolkit is the toolkit for now and into the far, far future. It is hard to imagine a better one. You can build a poem using it, dismantle one as well, or just appreciate what the heck is going on in poetry. It's all here in one slim volume of great reading.

Doug Stalker
retired professor and sometime poet
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