Books of Poetry Form.
Highlights of Poetry.
Index of poetry.
How to Write Your Poetry.
How to Listen to Poetry. Recommended books on Reading Poetry.
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Jump-start your writing with ideas from our essays on form:
Forms of skaldic verse.
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Rondeau. Rubáiyát. Sestina. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
This is essentially a "Byzantine" exercise suggested by Bev Momoi, who resceived it from Stanford teacher Nan Cohen, who received it from the writer J.D. McClatchy.
The start of the exercise uses a poem by another poet as a scaffold for the first draft of your poem.
You will write lines that interleave with the poem you have chosen. Then you will chop away that scaffolding to make the poem your own.
Pick a poem whose form, style, and vocabulary catch your attention, preferably one that is in contrast with your usual usages.
Here are the ground rules, as I have contorted and adapted them:
You may feel as dubious as I was about this exercise: I was doubtful before I attempted it; and my concern increased while I struggled to draft lines for my first stanza.
Have courage and persist!
Perhaps for you, as for me, your rough first draft may insist overnight on its own life.
Because of that hatching, I call this method "the Alien."
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, Edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland.
Books on Writing Poetry.
Other Books of Poetry Form.
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