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People write poems because it’s a fun and challenging way to be creative. If you already enjoy expressing yourself with words, then you are a good candidate for learning how to write poems, or for improving your ability to write them.
“How to Write Poems: A Practical Guide” is an introduction to the theory and practice of English poetry. It is meant for beginning writers of poetry, as well as for more experienced writers who would like to improve their knowledge of the fundamentals of English poetry.
“Part One: Theory” covers aspects of poetry that have been used throughout the history of English poetry. This part includes an introduction to meters, rhymes, stanzas, and other aspects of poetry. This part is organized around the idea of repetition in poetry.
“Part Two: Practice” includes practical examples with dozens of mini-exercises. Various expressions and forms of poetry are examined, including blank verse, ballads, sonnets, limericks, parodies, and more. The optional exercises allow the reader to take an active approach to learning about these types of poetry. Each of the poems that we will write together will have Charles Dickens’s book, “A Christmas Carol,” as the subject matter. We will versify (put into verse) Charles Dickens’s prose story about Ebenezer Scrooge.
You might be a poetry enthusiast, or you might have been avoiding poetry since you were in school. In either case, you should be able to find something interesting in this diverse collection of poems. Where else can you find the following topics (and more) all in one book? • A homeless person looking for equality • A factory worker who feels like a machine • Math, personified as a seductress • Existential musings about being in a body • A parody of Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace” called “Can of Beans” • A translation of a Spanish poem • A psychological parasite • A judge who gives up judgment • Covert and overt conspiracies • The future of fascism • Experimental poems called Trianglet Poems • A response to Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” • A monorhyme poem about desolation • A sonnet about the end of the world • The body as an antenna • Sympathy for zombies, ghosts, and vampires • The tragedy of posting poems on a forum • A parody of “The Power of Love” called “The Power of Lies” • A retelling of one of Aesop’s fables • A conversation between two Chinese philosophers • A response to modern-day survivalists • Gods who hide with moles • The Beatitudes • The Olivet Discourse and the Great Tribulation • The new covenant • A beast of guilt and fear • A new definition of forgiveness • The 50 principles of miracles • Special relationships and holy relationships. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Psychological and Philosophical Poems • Social and Political Poems • Science and Math Poems • Parody Poems • Bible Poems • A Course in Miracles Poems.