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.
The month that
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
was published, the United States Administration was pushing
both its own country and countries across the globe into grief and loss,
damaging people and earth, sea and sky.
I wanted to write something optimistic about the current terrible political situation. An impossible task without magic. So clearly I needed to use a spell or a charm that would cause useful change. That meant writing a poem.
A spell may be a brief incantation - a word or two may suffice. Yet the preparation for casting or throwing the spell is important. How the spell is contained and released is skillful work. Therefore:
Can't get started - read a Harry Potter book like: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J. K. Rowling.
Or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J. K. Rowling.
Or check out the Harry Potter spells.
Can't decide which spell to use? Then choose several, like poet Bonnie Schell:
Thanks for the spells and conjures. I see that they are all made up Latin which pleases me immensely. Thus I say: Finite Incantatem! which stops mass panic. Locomotor Mortis! (leg locking) to delegations of American politicos visiting countries with bribes of money and soldiers. And then ending with Petrificus Totalus! -- the full body bind.
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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