Best Books on how to Write Poetry.
How to Write Poetry: A Recipe. Index. How to Read Poetry. How to Listen Poetry.
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My favorite is the concise description of when to use the subjunctive, which previously was merely miasma on the far horizon of my lingual skills.
"Be skeptical of stylebooks. . . .
understand the reasons behind the rules --
and therefore know when they should be ignored."
The second half of his book is his "Curmudgeon's Stylebook", which begins with teaching the reader how to determine which indefinite article to use: the A or the AN. [His guideline means trouble for non-native speaker: use the pronunciation rule not the spelling rule.]
It ends with teaching the reader how to decide whether to use YES, I DO or YES, I HAVE. [His guideline has you use the auxiliary verb - unless (this clause must be the joy of grammarians, allowing them to nest deeper and deeper into arcana) - in reply to certain questions that were asked with particular stresses.]
Hale relishes words and their organization like other people relish food, wine, and a close personal relationship. She welcomes you to break the rules of grammar, as long as you know the rules, and know why you're breaking them.
The book has 3 main sections:
Subtopics within those give chapters that range from Interjection (in Words), through Phrases and Clauses (in Sentences), to Rhythm (in Music). For 16 such section, she gives you:
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