The classic reference work—an invaluable sourcebook for poets and readers...
|Title||:||Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms Reviews
Sadly, long out of print, this book is a wonderful reference guide to the art of poetry, with a focus on the more classic forms used in the bulk of Western poetry for the past 500 years, as opposed to giving undue weight to the modernists clamoring about at the time of its writing.Now that the modernists and the even more nihilistic post-modernists have won their kulturekampf against the lyric and verse, it's nigh impossible to find books on writing poetry in the traditional ways, or explaining the multitude of forms possible, complete with technical exegesis. If you find a used copy of this, or Judson Jerome's book of poetry, by all means, snap it up and treasure it.
Does not have every possible term of rhetoric, is not an all-purpose writer's manual. It is a scholarly garland of terms in and for poetry with many examples that make it good for a browse, like an anthology.Thirteen pages on rhyme present many variants with examples, like "eye rhyme," "broken rhyme," consonance, vowel rhyme, "backward rhyme." John Crowe Ramsom blurbed the first edition (1962) "It is comprehensive and modern, and lavishly provided with apt quotations, and it not only instructs but gives pleasure." Amen, brother.
As a professional writer and formalist poet, this is my "go to" book. Cannot recommend it more highly.
THE handbook. A trusty resource.
I am going to confess that I have not read this book cover to cover, but that I have given up on ever doing so.I ordered a used copy of this book while I was on my writing retreat at the Harveyville Project in Harveyville, Kansas. I thought it would give me a better understanding of poetry, give me a better grounding in the art of poetry. Boy, was i wrong!Here's what I wrote about this book for my zine August in Harveyville: Halfway through my month in Harveyville, I ordered a used copy of Poetry Handbook by Babette Deutsch, thinking it would give me a more complete understanding of poetic forms. Instead, I found nearly every entry written in such academic “poet-ese” that most of the time I had no idea what the author was getting at. I’m a smart gal, but this book is mostly above my head, as if Babette were trying to separate the people with Master of Fine Arts degrees from the riff raff like me. I will be reaching for this book next time I can’t sleep…
Useful for me as I was learning to write poetry.