Gloucester: Sawyer Free Library


On poetry / Glyn Maxwell.


  • ISBN: 9780674725669 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674725662 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • Description: 170 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Harvard University Press edition.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.

Available copies

Current holds

0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 808.1/Maxwell (Text to phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult New Nonfiction NEW 808.1 MAXWELL 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Merrimack College Stacks (3rd) PR6063 .A869 O52 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Northern Essex - Lawrence Campus Stacks PR6063.A869 O52 2013 (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Contents Note: White -- Black -- Form -- Pulse -- Chime -- Space -- Time.
Summary: "This is a book for anyone," Glyn Maxwell declares of On Poetry. A guide to the writing of poetry and a defense of the art, it will be especially prized by writers and readers who wish to understand why and how poetic technique matters. When Maxwell states, "With rhyme what matters is the distance between rhymes" or "the line-break is punctuation," he compresses into simple, memorable phrases a great deal of practical wisdom.
In seven chapters... the poet explores his belief that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities: breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture... To illustrate his argument, he draws upon personal touchstones such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. An experienced teacher, Maxwell also takes us inside the world of the creative writing class, where we learn from the experiences of four aspiring poets."-- Provided by publisher.