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A comprehensive collection of poetry terms, John Drury's 'The Poetry Dictionary' is a classic reference for students and teachers alike. With all the terms needed to effectively discuss the craft, this new and revised edition is packed with examples from classic and contemporary poetry to illustrate the terms at work. A comprehensive collection of poetry terms, John Drury's 'The Poetry Dictionary' is a classic reference for students and teachers alike. With all the terms needed to effectively discuss the craft, this new and revised edition is packed with examples from classic and contemporary poetry to illustrate the terms at work.


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A comprehensive collection of poetry terms, John Drury's 'The Poetry Dictionary' is a classic reference for students and teachers alike. With all the terms needed to effectively discuss the craft, this new and revised edition is packed with examples from classic and contemporary poetry to illustrate the terms at work. A comprehensive collection of poetry terms, John Drury's 'The Poetry Dictionary' is a classic reference for students and teachers alike. With all the terms needed to effectively discuss the craft, this new and revised edition is packed with examples from classic and contemporary poetry to illustrate the terms at work.

30 review for The Poetry Dictionary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Giordano

    I took a poetry class and the instructor recommended this book. I suppose it could be read straight through, but I prefer to either browse and see what term or topic serendipitiously pops up or look up something specific that I want to know more about. Everything is clearly explained and examples are often included. A very handy book for anyone interested in poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Hembree

    It doesn't look cool. The title is not sexy. Some may not even think John Drury "sexy." And the publisher is -- ahem -- Writer's Digest Books. Don't be fooled. And this book is THE BOMB. For everybody from high school students to college students to practicing poets, Drury gives you thorough definitions and examples for all things poetry. He's never condescending, so don't think you're too grown for the Drury's PD: he'll throw that Greek mess at you. But he's also practical and NOT a purist. Yes It doesn't look cool. The title is not sexy. Some may not even think John Drury "sexy." And the publisher is -- ahem -- Writer's Digest Books. Don't be fooled. And this book is THE BOMB. For everybody from high school students to college students to practicing poets, Drury gives you thorough definitions and examples for all things poetry. He's never condescending, so don't think you're too grown for the Drury's PD: he'll throw that Greek mess at you. But he's also practical and NOT a purist. Yes, you get the Persian ghazal in its true form, but you also get the bastardized versions. Even some bastard Sapphics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I enjoyed it. Though it wasn't quite as colorful as Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms, it had a greater variety of poets' work represented in the examples. Not many would read it cover to cover as I did. You might prefer to use it as a reference, but I needed the education. Besides, it was nice to read a dictionary again, as I used to like to when I was a child. Now I'll keep it as a reference. I enjoyed it. Though it wasn't quite as colorful as Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms, it had a greater variety of poets' work represented in the examples. Not many would read it cover to cover as I did. You might prefer to use it as a reference, but I needed the education. Besides, it was nice to read a dictionary again, as I used to like to when I was a child. Now I'll keep it as a reference.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jada

    its been a while since i've read a dictionary this reminded me of some words i learnt years ago and had forgotten its been a while since i've read a dictionary this reminded me of some words i learnt years ago and had forgotten

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg Converse

    Very helpful in my bid to become the greatest unknown.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    Great explanations of the different poetic styles and reference book all poets should have on hand.

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    jill crawford

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    Gabby

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    Rebecca

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    Hereford

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    Jonathan Jewell

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    Amanda

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    Les

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    Mary Jordan

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    Gretchen

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    Caitlin

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    Marc Pressley

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    Jenny Grant

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Heald

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

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    J.D.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marcos (Bubba)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Hollensbe

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    Benjamin Dull

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    Joshua

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    Destrea Havlik

  29. 4 out of 5

    SBCC Writing Center

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

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