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The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000)

by Mark Strand (Editor), Eavan Boland (Editor)

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Contains information on and examples of the villanelle, the sestina, the pantoum, the sonnet, the ballad, blank verse, the heroic couplet, and the stanza, the elegy, the pastoral, the ode, and open forms, as well as a chapter on meter.

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I was tempted to file this book under the biography tab; for. that is what it really is: the biography of poetry.

I am wiser for the stroll through the many forms and genres of poetry. It will certainly add to my enjoyment of the reading but may also enhance my embarrassment during the writing thereof. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jun 24, 2020 |
An interesting explanation of the various poetic forms, with great use of examples. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
In the introductory statement the writers say this book is intended to answer those basic questions such as how does a sonnet work, what is a Sestina & what rules govern it, how many lines make up a Villanelle & what is it’s rhyme scheme? To do this they have traced the history of the various forms, in many cases back to the peasant origins and work songs of the countryside or the Balladeers who sung stories, spun the tales & spread the news through their communities and out to a wider audience. By answering these questions, by providing an overview of the major poetic forms, their history and the rules that they follow, bend or break, they hope to provide the reader with a key that will open the path to what will be a lifelong journey, with this book as a guide and map.

After the introduction, both editors state their case for poetry via their own personal experience, first as readers, discovering the art and on to the status they later achieved as poets in their own right, it’s this experience, insight and passion that stops this book being a dry academic exercise and makes it a suitable aid at what ever level you want to use it for, whether a university student or just someone wishing to understand more.

http://parrishlantern.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/making-of-poem-norton-anthology-of.... ( )
1 vote parrishlantern | Jul 3, 2012 |
This works perfectly fine as an anthology but the criticism offered by the authors is somewhat of a hit and miss. But, if you have long deferred looking at structured poetry because your first encounter with it made it sound all very rules-y, this anthology will help you change that viewpoint by making it clear that the poetic form is as much a mood setting factor as the actual words. The best argument for this is in the many wonderful poems collected under each chapter. Personal favs so far include the villanelle from Elizabeth Bishop, Miller Williams' sestina and Gwendolyn Brooks' ballad. ( )
  aswinreadr | May 31, 2012 |
Good resource offering a variety of poems of poetic forms. Explanations are a bit awkward at times and the book ends abruptly, but it's still worth adding to your collection. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jan 20, 2010 |
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Contains information on and examples of the villanelle, the sestina, the pantoum, the sonnet, the ballad, blank verse, the heroic couplet, and the stanza, the elegy, the pastoral, the ode, and open forms, as well as a chapter on meter.

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