A Poet's Craft

A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry
Annie Finch

A major new guide to writing and understanding poetry


A Poet's Craft transcends the limitations of current books, combining the best of three types of poetry-writing guides: textbooks for academic use, general guides to writing poetry, and guides to writing in form. Like textbooks, it includes poetry-writing exercises and discussion of classic and contemporary poems as examples, and is logically organized to provide a complete overview of the elements of poetry writing, from diction to trope to free verse. Like general poetry guides, it has a tone lively and mature enough for the nonundergraduate, and includes sections on journaling and inspiration, revision, publishing, and even how to assemble a poetry book. Like form guides, A Poet's Craft provides an introduction to meter and to writing formal poetry. Finch's book goes further than any poetry-writing guide now available to give readers a thorough, eclectic, and exciting introduction to every aspect of the art of poetry.

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Annie Finch, poet, translator, and critic, is Director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She is coeditor, with Kathrine Varnes, of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art and author of The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse, Eve, and Calendars. She is the winner of the eleventh annual Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification.

Praise / Awards

  • "Personal, erudite, and comprehensive, this volume is really many books in one, the product of many years' work and a lifetime of serious engagement with poetry. Sharing...writing exercises, study questions, discussions of poems for literary insight and excellence—the book presents detailed analyses of everything from metaphor to meter, from rhyme to revision."
    —B. Wallenstein, CUNY City College, Choice

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 736pp.
  • 1 table.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2012
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  • 978-0-472-11693-5

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  • $95.00 U.S.

  • Paper
  • 2012
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  • 978-0-472-03364-5

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  • $41.95 U.S.