A Primer For Poets & Readers Of Poetry by Gregory OrrA Primer For Poets & Readers Of Poetry by Gregory Orr

A Primer For Poets & Readers Of Poetry

byGregory Orr

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke’s "My Papa’s Waltz" and Robert Hayden’s "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"—those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears.
Gregory Orr is the author of twelve books of poetry, three books about poetry, and a memoir. He lives in Charlottesville and has taught for more than forty years as a professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he founded its MFA program in creative writing.
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Title:A Primer For Poets & Readers Of PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.23 × 5.48 × 0.75 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393253929

ISBN - 13:9780393253924

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[Orr] present[s] luminous ideas that may help novices and teachers alike. . . . [He] serves as a sage and gentle guide, sharing wisdom about the creative process and how poetry can enrich those who embrace it. . . . [A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry] is revolutionary . . . because it shows readers how to turn an occasional, burning impulse into a lifelong pleasure. — Elizabeth Lund (Washington Post)