A classic text on poetic forms by renowned poetic and literary critic, John Hollander, this journey through English poetic forms will not only be descriptive, but also exemplary. Covering forms and traditions from early English through the more recent modern forms, this author provides an in-depth study of structure that most readers—and many writers—of poetry overlook. You will be amazed at the variety of forms within the English language as well as the influences that have made them popular during different eras of English literature. The clever examples of each form will (hopefully) inspire you to try them all yourself as well!
“This book’s wit and inventive spirit, its self-describing embodiments of form, now offer the beginning poet a happy chance to discover the technician in himself.”
—from the Afterword by Richard Wilbur