A Little Book On Form: An Exploration Into The Formal Imagination Of Poetry

Paperback | March 6, 2018

byRobert Hass

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Robert Hass—former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize—illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry in this sophisticated, graceful, and accessible volume of essays drawn from a series of lectures he delivered at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Little Book on Form brilliantly synthesizes Hass’s formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic and reflects his profound education in the art of poetry. Starting with the exploration of a single line as the basic gesture of a poem, and moving into an examination of the essential expressive gestures that exist inside forms, Hass goes beyond approaching form as a set of traditional rules that precede composition, and instead offers penetrating insight into the true openness and instinctiveness of formal creation. A Little Book on Form is a rousing reexamination of our longest lasting mode of literature from one of our greatest living poets.

“Robert Hass is so intelligent that to read his poetry or prose, or to hear him speak, gives one an almost visceral pleasure.” —Carolyn Kizer, The New York Times Book Review

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Robert Hass—former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize—illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry in this sophisticated, graceful, and accessible volume of essays drawn from a series of lectures he delivered at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Little Book on Form b...

Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His collection Time and Materials won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His books of poetry include Sun Under Wood: New Poems; Human Wishes; Praise; and Field Guide. His collection of essays Twen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062332431

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“Hass’s final intention is not merely to judge but to give a picture of the writer’s mind. . . . Mr. Hass believes that poetry is what defines the self, and it is his ability to describe that process that is the heart of this book’s pleasure.”