So, after four days of some of the best poetry around, I have no doubts that you are inspired not only to read more poetry (I did not have time or space to talk about everyone this week, but you should also look for Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Campion, Wendell Berry, Billy Collins, Jane Kenyon, and Ted Hughes among others), but you also want to find out more about how to read and write your own verse. There is no better instructor here than poet Mary Oliver. Oliver unravels the mysteries of pattern, line, rhythm, meter, and imagery in ways that are accessible to anyone. Her examples, taken from a wide range of poets, make clear the ideas she is discussing. For readers who want to better understand how to read a poem, Oliver offers a useful guide to approaching the flow of language in poems. So read through this book, read her examples aloud, then pick up a book of poems and apply Oliver’s suggestions, or pick up your pen (or boot up your computer) and have a go at writing your own verse.
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