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What do you think are the best books on poetry--its history, mechanics, and overviews of schools and poets? What volumes are essential for a basic poetry library? And who are your favorite poets? Who do you think is most overrated? Underrated? Controversies in the world of poetry? Anything else a person undertaking a crash course should know?

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#1 - October 20, 2013, 11:55 AM
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As far as craft books go, I'm reading The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Frye and it is very good. Another good one is All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing by Timothy Steele - but it's pretty dense and academic.

Are you looking to children's poets and poetry specifically?
#2 - October 20, 2013, 12:27 PM
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I really liked Georgia Heard's Awakening the Heart.
#3 - October 20, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Anything by Billy Collins and Mary Oliver.

As far as children's poets:
I'd get Lee Bennet Hopkins book -Pass the Poetry, Please- to start.
Anything by Myra Cohn Livingston
and Valerie Worth
#4 - October 20, 2013, 03:02 PM
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Thanks, guys. CarrieF, I'm happy to learn about children's poetry, but I need info beyond that, too. I think I'm going to have a character who's a poet, and I need to know what she knows. I love poetry, but my knowledge just nibbles at the edges--hence the crash course.
#5 - October 20, 2013, 03:38 PM
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Emily Dickinson
Walt Whitman
Shakespeare
#6 - October 20, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Oh, that makes sense. So it's more from a research perspective.

Others probably have more of a sense than I do, but there's definitely a free verse vs. metered verse tension in poetry.

If you can find them, it might help you to look at a detailed syllabus from some college-level poetry courses.
#7 - October 20, 2013, 04:04 PM
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You might get some value browsing the online materials at poets.org   They have curriculum and lesson plans, poet bios, all sorts of current poetry news, essays and interviews with current poets, etc.
#8 - October 21, 2013, 08:08 AM
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Thank you! These are good ideas.  :whitebunny
#9 - October 21, 2013, 10:38 AM
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You might want to have your character hone in on a niche in poetry .. is she into the classics? modern poetry?a certain era?
I'd narrow it down a bit and zone in.
#10 - October 21, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Not all poets have a classic education in poetry. I don't, but I know what I like, and I've managed to get a few pieces published.

For learning about it yourself, check out Poets.org and http://prosody.lib.virginai.edu/. The school site gives you the ability to learn terms and practice breaking a poem into feet, etc.

My favorites include Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.
#11 - October 28, 2013, 09:07 AM
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