Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages

Poetry's hip, poetry's hot, and poetry's a blast with this cool, contemporary guide created in the same entertaining style as the popular In Print!


Kids instinctively love poetry--its rhythm, its rhymes, and its playful transformation of ordinary language. And these days, such cutting-edge, youthful forms as rap, hip-hop, and slams have made poetry more relevant than ever. With its fun facts, exciting writing activities, and words of encouragement from a respected professional, Immersed in Verse nurtures the nascent poet in every child. Best of all, these awe-inspiring ideas have nothing in common with blah school assignments. Instead, youngsters rearrange their favorite (or least favorite) poems; start their own poetry workshop; present "open mike night” in the basement; and record their friends reciting. Along the way, they'll open more than a few "poet's toolboxes.” They'll explore the wonderful world of words and learn about attitude, equipment, techniques (including "metaphors be with you”), different styles of verse, revising your writing, getting published, and performing.

Allan Wolf has served as the educational director for the national touring company Poetry Alive! His books include The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems about Our Parts and New Found Land. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.
A Selection of the Children's Book of the Month Club.

 

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We acquired this book yesterday and my son has already read most of it, pausing only to write in his poetry journal. Excellent and engaging.

Contents

Poetry You
8
Of Blooms Booms Secret Rooms
9
What Kind of Poet Are You?
12
Do You Like Poetry? A Guided Tour
14
A Poem for All Reasons
20
The Nine Habits of Highly Successful Poets
22
Take the Daily Writing Pledge
26
Your Poetry Toolbox
28
A Demonstration
59
Revising Your Poems
62
Always Something to Write About
66
Your Storage Vault
68
Mind Games
70
Jump Starts
86
Presenting Your Work
90
Performing Your Poetry
92

Toys of the Trade
29
Poetic Devices
33
Anatomy of a Poem
41
The Poets Decisions
44
Details Details
45
Observations Explosions
47
Project Your Image
48
Place Your Poems on the Accessibility Scale
49
Point of View
51
Tense
52
Form
53
Shaping Words into a Poem
55
Play with Structure
57
The Secrets of Memorizing Poetry
94
Get Published
97
Do It Yourself
98
Start a Writers Group
102
A Promise A Warning A Final Word of Hope
104
Selected Poems
105
Selected Poets
106
Publishing Resources for Young Poets
107
Glossary
108
Selected Bibliography
110
Credits
111
Acknowledgments Index
112
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