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January 2010
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Learning to Read and Write  Poetry

To write good poetry, you first need to learn the art and craft of poetry. You can start be reading traditional, modern, and contemporary poems by some of the good poets. Then you can learn the “figures of speech” and various poetic devices that poets use to create poetry. Next, you can learn to analyze poetry to understand its meaning and emotional appeal. Finally, you can write your own poetry.

Here are a few resources to help you learn to read and write poetry:


  • Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry by Sage Cohen
  • Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
  • How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch
  • Rules for the Dance Mary Oliver
  • The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes
  • Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor
  • The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
  • In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit
  • The Best Poems of the English Language by Harold Bloom
  • The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry by Richard Ellman, Robert O’Clair, and Jahan Ramazani.
  • 2009 Poet’s Market by Editors of Readers Digest


Magazines and Journals


Poetry Organizations





  1. Sage Cohen says:

    Thanks so much for spreading the good word about poetry! Wishing you a poetic and prolific 2010!

  2. bldherenow says:

    Hello, I would like to invite you to The Poetic Voice. We are a writer’s community. You can enter contests add poetry, memoirs etc. Please join us on:

  3. shamslayer says:

    Thanks for the info!

  4. Thanks for the links much appreciated WS

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