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POETRY

1.
Tina D. Eliopulos, Todd Scott Moffett
The Everything Writing Poetry Book: A Practical Guide To Style, Structure, Form, And Expression

‘Poetry is what gets lost in translation.’ –Robert Frost

Giving voice to ”what gets lost in translation” is the challenge every poet faces. With The Everything Writing Poetry Book, that challenge just got easier. Featuring examples from works of celebrated poets and instruction on communicating your ideas, this clear and accessible reference helps you gain confidence as you find your own voice. Written by a team who each hold a master’s degree and teach creative writing and literature, this easy-to-follow guide has all you need to take your work to the next level.

With this handy guide, you will learn to:

Create meter and rhyme
Express your innermost thoughts
Use imagery and metaphor
Polish your word play
Find your own rhythm
Work with other writers
and more
The Everything Writing Poetry Book helps you make the most of this rewarding craft – whether you’re a fledgling poet or a seasoned wordsmith.

2.
Ralph Fletcher
Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out

Maybe you’ve heard before that poetry is magic, and it made you roll your eyes, but I believe it’s true. Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.

I wrote this book to help you write poems and to give practical ideas for making your poems sound the way you want them to sound. We’re not going to smash poems up into the tiniest pieces. This book is about writing poetry, not analyzing it. I want this book to help you have more wonderful. moments in the poetry you write. I want you to feel the power of poetry. it’s my hope that through this book you will discover lots of ways to make your poems shine, sing, soar…

– Ralph Fletcher

3.
Angel Flores
The Anchor Anthology of French Poetry: From Nerval to Valery in English Translation

I love poetry of all kinds, and French poetry is certainly no exception. I picked up this book my freshman year of high school and it is now significantly dog-eared, written on and generally abused!

My only qualm with this book (and the reason why I give it four out of five stars) is that, with the exception of “La Chanson du Mal-Aime,” the Apollinaire translations are lacking. I can’t pinpoint any exact errors at the moment because I don’t have my book, but Donald Revell’s translation of Alcools is, in my opinion, a much better introduction to Apollinaire.

I’m not a fluent French speaker, but I can read it competently with a dictionary at hand, and I noticed that the translations in the Anchor Anthology lacked the spirit I found in Revell’s work…however, this could simply be a matter of personal preference. To me, this spirit was refreshing, but to others, it may seem that Revell took too much poetic license in his translations. I enjoy his version of “Zone” much better but I was more impressed with the version of “La Chanson du Mal-Aime” in the Anchor Anthology.

4.
Gaius Valerius Catullus
The Poems of Catullus: A Bilingual Edition

Written in the twilight of the Roman Republic, the poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus offers a delicious insight into the passions and gossip of high Roman society.

From the poet and his friends to cultural and political titans, including Caesar, Cicero, and Pompey, his cutting, modern verse spares no-one. In this new translation by Daisy Dunn, author of Catullus’ Bedspread, his obscene honesty, arrogant wit and surprising tenderness capture Roman society at their best.

Most famous for his obsessive love lyrics for the married Lesbia, Catullus’ words are an immortal expression of youth, rebellion and agonised love.

5.
Isobel Armstrong
Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poets and Politics

In a work that is uniquely comprehensive and theoretically astute, Isobel Armstrong rescues Victorian poetry from its longstanding sepia image as `a moralised form of romantic verse’, and unearths its often subversive critique of nineteenth-century culture and politics.


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