This has been a make-your-own week at Kurious Kitty. So, what better topic for Poetry Friday than write-your-own poetry!
The best place to start is to read poetry! Look through the hundreds of titles in the 800 section. A quick Dewey Decimal explanation:
- 81 American literature in English
- 82 English & Old English literatures
- 83 German & related literatures
- 84 French & related literatures
- 85 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
- 86 Spanish, Portuguese, Galician literatures
- 87 Latin & Italic literatures 88 Classical & modern Greek literatures
- 89 Other literatures
If you're interested in poetry how-tos, look in the 800's for "80 Literature, rhetoric & criticism." Chances are, guides will be found there, although, some may be found in the 811 or 821 sections, and, books on teaching poetry are found in the 370 "Education" section. (I'm not a cataloger, so I can't explain the reasoning behind every Dewey # assignment!)
Here are a few poetry guides to look for:
Cohen, Sage. Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read & Write Poetry. [808.1 COH]
Fletcher, Ralph J. Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from Inside Out. [J 808.1 FLE]
Macken, JoAnn Early. Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems. [J 808.1 MAC]
Magee, Wes. How to Write Poems. [J 808.1 MAG]
Morice, Dave. The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community. [372.64 MOR]
Pinsky, Robert. Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. [808.1 PIN]
Prelutsky, Jack. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem. [3M ebook]
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme. Jack Prelutsky, compiler. [J 811.54 REA]
Salas, Laura Purdie. Write Your Own Poetry. [J 808.1 SAL]
If you're the type to get philosophical about things, look for the 3M ebook titled Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain. Here's a description:
The book delves into Maritain’s thoughts on the nature and subjectivity of art and poetry. As a philosopher, Maritain attempts to define the two concepts, describing art and poetry as "virtues," and as primarily concerned with beauty. Rather than focus on aesthetic theory, Maritain examines the concepts at a more tangible level, including a discussion of how they are made.That should be enough to get you started! Writing poetry can be fun, therapeutic, challenging, and so much more!
Speaking of fun, head over to Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.