The Making of A Poem

The Making of A Poem

A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

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Baker & Taylor
Provides a detailed explanation of the different forms of poetry--sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina--and explains the origin, traces their history, and provides examples for each form.

Norton Pub
Two beloved and esteemed poets have collaborated on this intimate and useful anthology illuminating the history, practice, and wonder of our most elusive art. Intended for all those who love poetry, including teachers, readers, writers, and students, The Making of a Poem will be especially valued by those who feel that an understanding of form--sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, etc.--would enhance their appreciation of poetry, but are daunted by the terms, the names, and the histories of various poetic forms. This anthology draws the reader in, by example and explanation, to the excitement and entertainment of these forms. It explains their origins, traces their development, and shows examples from the past and present. In a feature called "The form at a glance" the reader can try his or her own hand writing a particular form. Included are essays by each of the editors describing their own personal journeys toward a form for their poetic voice. Above all, this anthology shows that poetic form is a continuing adventure. Contemporary poets can be seen here trying out the same forms that poets used hundreds of years ago, but in the new circumstances of a complicated modern world. In this way poetic form is illustrated not as a series of rules, but as a passionate conversation in which every reader of poetry can become involved.

Book News
This anthology traces the history of poetic forms by example and explanation. Each chapter begins with a brief summary of the structure and origin of a particular form, followed by multiple examples. The authors, who are working poets, present selections in the villanelle, sestina, sonnet, ode, and pastoral forms, among others. The final section examines the open forms of modern poetry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Topical Term: English poetry
American poetry
Literary form
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2000
ISBN: 9780393049169
Branch Call Number: PR1175 .M275 2000
Characteristics: xxxi, 366 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Strand, Mark 1934-
Boland, Eavan


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