A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry

A Little Book on Form An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry An acute and deeply insightful book of essays exploring poetic form and the role of instinct and imagination within form from former poet laureate Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning autho

  • Title: A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry
  • Author: Robert Hass
  • ISBN: 9780062332424
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An acute and deeply insightful book of essays exploring poetic form and the role of instinct and imagination within form from former poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Robert Hass.Robert Hass former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetAn acute and deeply insightful book of essays exploring poetic form and the role of instinct and imagination within form from former poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Robert Hass.Robert Hass former poet laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry in this sophisticated, graceful, and accessible volume of essays drawn from a series of lectures he delivered at the renowned Iowa Writers Workshop.A Little Book on Form brilliantly synthesizes Hass s formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic and reflects his profound education in the art of poetry Starting with the exploration of a single line as the basic gesture of a poem, and moving into an examination of the essential expressive gestures that exist inside forms, Hass goes beyond approaching form as a set of traditional rules that precede composition, and instead offers penetrating insight into the true openness and instinctiveness of formal creation.A Little Book on Form is a rousing reexamination of our longest lasting mode of literature from one of our greatest living poets.

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    1. Do I put this in essays? Do I put this in poetry? Both. And certainly in "Finished-in-2017," as it will be the last.This book was a bit of a struggle. It's big, for one thing. Damn near 500 pages. And it's not the same as essays on poetry I've read by, say, Tony Hoagland or Jane Hirshfield, both accomplished in the field.No, as the introduction warns us, this book is based on Robert Hass's lecture notes from teaching at university. It reads it, too. You get definition of terms. You get a little [...]

    2. I liked this book, especially the concept that form in poetry is about time, not space. A four-line stanza with breaks makes an interesting pattern on a page but the form is in the short pause after each line, and the longer pauses between stanzas. It reads easily, if you like poetry; if you don't you probably won't read it unless someone makes you. The book is based on notes for a class he taught for people who want to write poetry but don't expect too esoteric an approach. He starts with the b [...]

    3. I agree wholeheartedly with those reviewers, critics, and subscribers who have lavished their praise upon this thrilling book. Perhaps every compliment within possibility has already been bestowed. I will offer only this idiosyncratic observation: the book's subtitle irks me. I want to substitute the phrase "imagining of" for "imagination of," because it is we writers, we poets, we human beings who activate the mental imagining of poetry and its vivifying forms.From the perspective of Mr. Hass, [...]

    4. An interesting book that does make you wonder what publishers have in mind - is there a market for essentially the very detailed lecture/class notes of a fine poet who also teaches? Interesting and instructive in parts, especially in the beginnings when Hass riffs on numbers, it also gets bogged down in lists, extensive quotations, assignments etc that keep this from being something less than a handbook or instruction manual let alone an argument about form. Lots of interesting bits though. Now [...]

    5. This is such a resource. It is an ambitious review of poetic forms, and includes many examples of each form, recommending even more poems for outside reading. I enjoyed reading Hass's history and analysis of poetic form, and, while this is a long book that required a good amount of time to read, it did not drag in the way a similarly themed textbook might.Also, and this is completely irrelevant, but the cover is gorgeous. This color combination is my favorite.

    6. Hass's ironically titled (It is a BIG book--in both its length and breadth) A Little Book on Form, is smart and insightful. I sometimes want to argue with him (which is, aas, impossible), and sometimes feel the push toward a belief that the fractal/LANGUAGE poetics is the most relevent school of poetry today overwhelms the arguments, but there's no doubt that Hass is well read, erudite, and cares, deeply, about poetry and the history of prosody.

    7. A challenging book at times, but also insightful. It's not quite what I expected, and a good portion of the book focuses on three forms: sonnets, odes, and elegies. There are much shorter chapters on other forms, like sestinas, prose poems, etc and Hass presents a brief history of each of the forms complete with examples. I will add this his final chapters on scansion and meter are excellent.

    8. Little? Actually, quite lengthy and informed. Hass has penned a solid look at the ways forms work, even so-called free verse. The examples within range from classics by Frost to lesser known (to this reader) ghazals (and what is easily my favorite poetry from C. D. Wright), all discussed with clarity and focus. Great stuff.

    9. A great book for reimagining form that is accessible for the academic and layman alike. Wish there were more ways in which the poetry was used, such as prompts at the end of each chapter that utilized the examples thoroughly. Overall, lovely. I will be purchasing my own copy.

    10. This is a smart overview of how poetic form work in English, with Hass's trademark breeziness. I could have done without pages and pages of lists of poems in the main text, though: there should have been an index.

    11. I'm rounding up. It's an excellent book. One could quibble here and there (I find it surprising, given how much IS covered that 1) there's no mention of concrete poetry (the work of John Hollander) and 2) that in the chapter on prose poetry, Caroline Forche is not mentioned). But if you don't know much about poetry, it's a fantastic introduction, and if you know a lot about poetry, you'll still find things in here you don't know and perspectives that will make poetry richer for you. The chapter [...]

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