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Creating Poetry

The must-have resource for anyone who wants to write or teach poetry


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Creating Poetry

by John Drury
Writer's Digest Books, 2006
ISBN 978-1-58297-463-7
$14.99 paperback, 224 pages

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About the Book

Most poets can’t impose their will on the muse—that’s why it’s so important that you write regularly, keep reworking your drafts, and experiment in your writing. This book will help you by offering advice, inspiration and hundreds of exercises to get you going —all designed to invoke your muse.

With no bias towards any form or style, John Drury addresses imagery, metaphor and the different methods of constructing and experimenting with new poetic forms. You’ll find twelve chapters overflowing with examples, exercises and “triggers”—all practical tools you can use right now in your poetry writing. For example, you’ll find information on:

  • Preparing: developing your poetic sensitivity
  • Language: learning the fundamental tools of poetry and using them effectively
  • Sight: refining sight—and insight— to make your poetry come alive within the mind’s eye … and the heart’s eye, too
  • Sound: sensitizing yourself fo the music of words—both singly and in combination
  • Movement: developing the rhythmic qualities that make poems sing … shout, march, croon, and whisper
  • Voice: becoming aware of the find nuances of how the words are said and connected, revealing each poem’s implied speaker and “stance”
  • Finishing: bringing each poem to successful completion

Here you’ll find insight and motivation to help you in every aspect of your poetry writing. All you need to do is invoke your muse.

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