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From raging bull to trilling lark, poets assume many moods. This book explains how each poem (or lyrical prose piece) begins with an emotion and then finds its unique form in language. Moods in Poetry: A Guidebook for Writers and Readers, is perfect for workshops, classrooms, and individual writers. Beginning writers as well as advanced practitioners, and readers, will benefit from in-depth treatment of an essential element of writing. Thorough explanations of tone, voice, narration, and mood show inner structures of literary works. Each section presents definitions, poetic forms, craft tips, writing prompts, and examples. Chapters cover spells, romance, sorrow, joy, awe, celebration, reflection, biofilia (love of nature), anger, depression, humor, whimsy, and occasional poems. These moods pair with certain forms, such as free verse, elegies, riddles, sonnets, and odes. Model poems range from Sappho, the earliest Greek poet of the written language, to contemporary experimental poets. Review of Greek and Anglo Saxon origins informs discussion, and discussion of contemporary poetry practice.
“Denise Low is one of the most experienced, comprehensive, and wise teachers I know when it comes to finding, writing, revising, publishing, and sharing poetry. She can speak, teach and lead on just about any aspect of what it means to be a writer in the world.” ~ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate
Denise Low teaches professional writing workshops for libraries, universities, and writing communities across the country. Low is 2007-09 Kansas Poet Laureate and past board president of the national Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She founded the creative writing program of Haskell Indian Nations University. Her forthcoming book Shadow Light is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Prize. Recent books include The Turtle’s Beating Heart, a memoir about her grandfather’s Lenape heritage (University of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. www.deniselow.net