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    Description"This is a book for anyone," Glyn Maxwell declares of "On Poetry." A guide to the writing of poetry and a defense of the art, it will be especially prized by writers and readers who wish to understand why and how poetic technique matters. When Maxwell states, "With rhyme what matters is the distance between rhymes" or "the line-break "is" punctuation," he compresses into simple, memorable phrases a great deal of practical wisdom. In seven chapters whose weird, gnomic titles announce the singularity of the book--"White," "Black," "Form," "Pulse," "Chime," "Space," and "Time"--the poet explores his belief that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities: breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture. "The sound of form in poetry descended from song, molded by breath, is the sound of that creature yearning to leave a mark. The meter says "tick-tock." The rhyme says "remember." The whiteness says "alone,"" Maxwell writes. To illustrate his argument, he draws upon personal touchstones such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. An experienced teacher, Maxwell also takes us inside the world of the creative writing class, where we learn from the experiences of four aspiring poets. "You master form you master time," Maxwell says. In this guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature, Maxwell shares his mastery with us.


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    Title
    On Poetry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Glyn Maxwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 170
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674725669
    ISBN 10: 0674725662
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: GBC, DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: AS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 480
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14100
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 808.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 808.1
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAN002000
    B&T Approval Code: A23253000, A23150000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PER009000
    LC classification: PR6063.A869 O52 2013
    Thema V1.0: GBC, DC, AT, DSC
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    14 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    A playful, challenging, provocative, and always surprising explication of the formal elements of poetry [Maxwell] provides new ways of seeing the formal dimensions of poetry, whether canonical examples, his own works, or fresh-out-of-the-writing-workshop exercises Required reading for anyone genuinely interested in contemporary poetry.--M. F. McClure"Choice" (05/01/2014)"