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Creating Poetry Edition Unstated Edition

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ISBN-13: 003-5313640643
ISBN-10: 1582974632
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John Drury studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and Johns Hopkins. He has been published in a number of publications including Shenandoah and Ploughshares. He teaches creative writing and poetry at the University of Cincinnati.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Edition Unstated edition (July 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974637
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twelve chapters overflowing with examples, exercises and prompts - all practical tools that you can use in poetry writing. Through John Drury's book, you can actually learn to write poetry. However, to write a poetry, one need to do a lot of reading. Nothing ever can be jotted down in verses unless you have the creative juices flowing within you - Creating poetry offers insightful, thoughtful rhyme and reason. The book motivates you and it's only being confident to shrugg off the 'writer's block' with your inability to do nothing on the page. As the Author says, "The first line of any poem is the kind of door, an entrance into the rooms of stanzas, an opening" - And the flow of writing comes natural with the first lines to what's next.

The book elaborates following sections:

Preparing
Language
Sight
Sound
Movement
Shaping
Patterns & Traditions
voice
Sources of Inspiration
Things to write about
Other Arts, other Influences
Finishing

How to write a poetry and the answer comes quite natural - Grab a copy of this book. It is here to develop your poetric sensitivity with rhythmic qualities that make poems sing, shout, march, whisper or just let it roll....Recommended for all who love Poetry. Best Pick.
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I read the previous edition (1991) of this book, and that's what I'm commenting on. I assume the new edition is even better. This is an excellent book with outstanding examples of poetry that illustrate what Drury is talking about.

Writing poetry is about discipline: discipline in thought, in word choice, in line breaks, and in rewriting. Drury starts off by stressing that if you want to write well, you have to READ. Read all the time. He also stresses that poetry does NOT come out of a self-absorbed vacuum. "Poetry is not self-expression, though it may be self-discovery." This advice will not go down well with some people, those who want to emote on paper and have everybody worship what they've written. But this advice is critically important IF you want to write good poetry.

Although I'm not a fan of writing exercises, I like the ones in this book because they allow you, the reader, to make your own choices. One activity calls for you to take any poem you've written and play around with it by mixing Anglo-Saxon words with Latinate words. Notice what happens to a line when it has Anglo-Saxon words. Notice what happens when it has Latinate words.

I've read this book three times already and anticipate reading and using it at least that many more times. Definitely Recommended.
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I didn't actually buy this book to write poetry, I'm not a poet. I just wanted a book that offered insight into another creative avenue of thought and this really did that for me. I think a lot of the exercises in the book can be used to open up some creative thoughts, not necessarily just for poetry. That being said, as I got deeper into the book it did get more specific to poetry in particular (obviously to be expected in a book on writing poetry) and I started to lose interest some--I like word play, but am not as interested in the specifics of rhyming schemes, etc. Anyway, that's just personal preference and doesn't reflect on the merits of the book. I think it's worth the read.
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I am a poet. I love reading well written books about writing poetry and of course, great exercises. I wish there were more poetry in this book, but that's o.k. The exercises are great. The writing is simple, direct and inspiring. NOT obtuse or boring! YAY
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This book is a fabulous teaching tool, and is great for the average writer working on her/his own. The exercises are splendid and when reading it I felt like one page was worth ten in terms of how much I was learning.
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This is one fabulous book! It takes you through the literary elements, poetic forms, etc. This is an excellent book for a beginner or more practiced poet! You won't go wrong with this one. Whether you read or write poetry, this book is a must-it covers it all!!!
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This is a good reference book for those wanting to write and not just for poets. The exercises help you stretch as a writer. An index is included that gives you a list of the exercises through out the book and one of the exercises is submitting your work.
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Just started reading, first 3 Chapters, and able to create 3 poetry/prose works in a short time.
I prefer this method vis a vis, short stories or a biography, which would otherwise take avyear or more to write.
In the near future, I hope enter into poetry slam contests and / or poetry writers contest. I am feeling very confident.
Learning alot about meters and rhymes, form and diction, iambs, couplets, sonnets, omissions, without taking a formal creative writing class.
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