Books on Poetry

Jo Bell and Jane Commane. How To Be a Poet. Nine Arches Press: 2017.

Harold Bloom. The Art of Reading Poetry. HarperCollins: 2004.

Stephanie Burt. Don’t Read Poetry: A Book about How to Read Poems. Basic Books: 2019.

Stephen Fry. The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. Gotham Books: 2005.

Alfred Corn. The Poem’s Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody. Cooper Canyon Classics: 2008.

Louise Gluck. Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry. The Ecco Press: 1994.

Edward Hirsch. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Harcourt Brace & Company: 1999.

Edward Hirsch. The Essential Poet’s Glossary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 2017.

Jane Hirschfeld. Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Alfred A. Knopf: 2017. 

Mary Oliver. A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 1994.

Mary Oliver. Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Reading and Writing Metrical Verse. Houghton Mifflin: 1998.

Theodore Roethke. On Poetry & Craft. Copper Canyon Press: 1965.

Robert Pinsky. The Sounds of Poetry. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux: 1998.

Robert Pinsky. Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry. W.W. Norton & Company: 2013.

Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. W.W. Norton: 2000.

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