Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Book of Forms, great non-fiction reference book

Reposted from Great Non-Fiction Books
by D L Keur
A must-have reference for all serious poets and students of that most revered discipline.  –D. L. Keur, The Deepening

A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition
by Lewis Putnam Turco

For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples written by contemporary poets old and young. Turco presents “The Rules of Scansion,” discusses the “levels” of poetry–the typographical, the sonic, the sensory, and the ideational–and proffers the ever-useful “Form-Finder Index.”

LEWIS PUTNAM TURCO is an emeritus professor of English, and founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswego. He has published original books of criticism, drama, fiction, memoirs, reference, and twenty-six collections of his poems.


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