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The Making of a Poem

A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

Eavan Boland (Editor, Stanford University), Mark Strand (Editor)


"Concise, learned, revisionary... should enrich the passionate conversation about poetic forms for years to come."— Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry

Two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that "looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form": a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form (sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, among others) would enhance their appreciation of poetry. Tracing "the exuberant history of forms," they devote one chapter to each form, offering explanation, close reading, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2001
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32178-4
  • 5.7 × 9 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“A generous and exquisitely selective anthology of poetry forms that may make you decide to give up E-mail and start writing sestinas and villanelles.” — Francine Prose, Elle

“A marvelous new anthology... intended for readers daunted by terminology and complex poetic forms.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“This is the book writers and readers, teachers and students, have been dreaming of—canny, generous, and practical, Boland and Strand are ideal guides through the golden labyrinth of poetry at its most ingenious and commanding. A marvelous collection!” — J.D. McClatchy

“Much more poetry than commentary appears, making the book both a splendid classroom text and, since the selections are top-drawer poems by first-rate poets, a book any poetry lover or would-be poetry lover may learn from and love.” — Booklist

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