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Writing Metrical Poetry

Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms


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Writing Metrical Poetry

Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms
by William Baer
Writer's Digest Books, 2006
ISBN 978-1-58297-415-6
$16.99 paperback, 224 pages

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About the Book
In his contemporary guide, you’ll learn how to write poetry in all the major forms, from blank verse to quatrains to sonnets and villanelles. Each chapter provides step-by-step instruction that’s accessible and easy to understand for even the most beginning poetry.

This book includes unique features difficult to find anywhere else:

  • Essential but non-intimidating instruction on meter and rhyme
  • Focused assignments detailing how to make your first attempt at a specific form
  • Illuminating discussions on pop culture, figures of speech, difficult themes, and other important topics
  • An engaging overview of poetry’s history, and why it’s important to learn the traditional forms
  • Complementing the instruction are many classic and contemporary poems, including recent work by Richard Wilber, Wendy Cope, X.J. Kennedy, Dana Gioia, Rachel Hadas, Wyatt Prunty, Alicia Stallings, and many others.

With an encouraging voice and a systematic, building-block approach, Writing Metrical Poetry is perfect for the person working alone or in the classroom.

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