What is poetry? : the essential guide to reading & writing poems

Rosen, Michael, 1946- author

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  • Creator Michael Rosen ; illustrated by Jill Calder
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication First U.S. edition. Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019. ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • 195 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • ISBNs 9781536201598, 1536201596, 9781536201581, 1536201588
  • OCLC on1031910742


  • Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form for the very first time. Starting with a detailed analysis of a number of classic poems, he offers a real writer's guide to writing and performing poems, as well as a wealth of technical information and tips. He then takes a fascinating look at a selection of his own poems and explains how and why he wrote them. Complete with an appendix of poets and useful websites, and beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Jill Calder, this is the only guide to poetry children and teachers will ever need.


  • Includes index.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-190) and index.


  • What is poetry? -- What can you do with a poem? -- My thoughts as I was writing some poems -- Ways to start a poem -- Writing poems -- Some technical points about poems -- So what is poetry? -- Appendix
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