Contemporary Poetry: the basics – for computers and printers


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Previously published as First Principles, this is how-to guide to the main principles of writing contemporary poetry, written by Linda France and illustrated with poetry from some of our best women poets, including Carol Ann Duffy, Anne Carson and Gwyneth Lewis. Each chapter includes writing exercises, so that you can apply each principle to your own writing.

Principles include: Contemporary style, Imagery, Lines, Punctuation, Rhyme, Rhythm, Sound, Stanza,  Subject, Title and Voice – all uniquely important to the creation of a successful poem.

Together, Contemporary Poetry: the basics and Poetry Forms are designed to provide the basic grounding you need to navigate today’s poetry scene.

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