“If no one ever handed you poems that brought you close to the art of poetry, I hope that the words in this book will invite you,” writes Frances Mayes in the introduction to this guide to reading and writing poetry. The poet, teacher, and author of the best-selling memoir Under the Tuscan Sun provides chapters on form, diction, interpretation, subject, and more. The book also includes definitions of writing techniques and terms, writing exercises, and examples from numerous poets, including Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Jamaica Kincaid, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and James Wright.
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