An updated and expanded, free 568-page book
on verse as an art form — a practical guide to writing verse in
traditional, Modernist and Postmodernist styles. Illustrated with
copious examples ranging from Chaucer to contemporary American poets,
plus hundreds of Internet links, this guide bridges the gap between
self expression and the production of professional work worthy of the
detailed literary study.
The theory sections explain not only what poets are and have been
trying to do, but why verse takes its often stylized forms. The opening
chapters cover the theory and aesthetics of verse, genre
considerations, sentence structure and rhetoric, stanza forms and word
choice, sound patterning, metaphor and imagery, metre and rhyme. Then
follow chapters on the sonnet, lyrics, rhyming couplets, ode, pastoral
elegy, light verse, blank, narrative and dramatic verse, modenist and
postmodernist styles, and performance poetry.
The book concludes with a step by step guide to verse construction, a
chapter on translating Italian, French, German and Sanskrit poetry into
English forms, and a final 50 page bibliography.
A free pdf ebook