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Suggested Reading - Meter, Rhyme and Poetic Form

Following is a list of books on poetry, writing techniques, formal styles, poetry collections and more recommended by some of the over 6,000 members of everypoet.com's Poetry Free-for-all. If you have a particular favorite you would like to suggest that is not already on this list, please do so here.

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Meter, Rhyme, and Poetic Form:  

Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver

Deals mainly with meter, and is an excellent introduction for those beginning the study of meter (Howard Miller)

A Poetry Handbook

All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing by Timothy Steele

The book on meter, and is likely to be the standard work for the foreseeable future. A little daunting for beginners, but actually quite accessible. (Howard Miller)

A Poetry Handbook

Poetic Meter and Poetic Form by Paul Fussell

Excellent introduction to both meter and the idea of form. (Howard Miller)

A Poetry Handbook

The Book of Forms by Lewis Turco

The "Bible" of formal poetry; Turco defines over 300 different forms; in addition, the lengthy introduction is first-rate in dealing with meter, rhyme, and other technical issues. This is the closest thing to a 1-volume compendium of formalist information. (Howard Miller)

A Poetry Handbook

Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander

Excellent introduction to poetic form; Hollander illustrates each of the forms by writing a poem in that form which explains that form. (Howard Miller)

A Poetry Handbook

General Works | Meter, Rhyme & Poetic Form | Anthologies & Other | Reference Works