1st Edition

Writing Poetry

By W. N. Herbert Copyright 2009
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This volume presents new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook, Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specialising in writing poetry. It offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from the work of well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented.

    Using his experience and expertise as a teacher as well as a poet, Bill Herbert guides aspiring writers through such key writing skills as:

    • drafting
    • voice
    • imagery
    • rhyme
    • form
    • theme.

    The volume is further updated to include never-before published dialogues with prominent poets such as Vicki Feaver, Gillian Allnutt, Kathleen Jamie, Linda France, Douglas Dunn, Sean O'Brien and Jo Shapcott. Concise and practical, Writing Poetry offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of this challenging and rewarding genre and is a must-read for aspiring poets.

    1. Drafting  Part 2  Dialogue: Vicki Feaver  2. Line  Part 2  Dialogue: Gillian Allnutt  3. Voice  Part 2  Dialogue: Kathleen Jamie Herbert  4. Imagery  Part 2  Dialogue: Linda France   5. Rhyme  Part 2 Dialogue: Douglas Dunn   6. Form  Part 2  Dialogue: Sean O'Brien 7. Theme  Part 2  Dialogue: Jo Shapcott


    W. N. Herbert is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University.  He has published seven volumes of poetry and four pamphlets.  His poetry has won a variety of awards and accolades.