by Nikki Moustaki
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry
Alpha Books, March, 2001.
Trade Paperback, 338 pages.
This book for poets contains advice for writing poetry, as well as exercises, resources and information about how to get published. One reason this book is helpful for beginners is that each chapter covers a different kind of poetry and how to approach the writing for that type of poem. There are sections covering imagery, metaphors, repetition, rhyme schemes, narrative poetry, love poems, persona poems, sonnets, haiku, metrical poetry poetry journal and poetry slams. Other sections cover poetry workshops, conferences, colonies, graduate schools, submitting poems and poetry appreciation. The book also includes a helpful chapter which provides answers to frequently asked questions. Exercises are also provided in each chapter for poets to practice their craft and try out what they have learned. The book features special icons throughout the text which highlight important tips, anecdotes, definitions and famous quotes. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry is a great introduction to poetry writing for novices which compiles a large amount of information into a clear, concise format.
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This review was published in the July, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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