Singing School

Learning to Write (And Read) Poetry by Studying With the Masters

by Robert Pinsky

Singing School

Hardcover, 160 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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Learning to Write (And Read) Poetry by Studying With the Masters
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A former poet laureate provides informative introductions and sidebar notes for more than 80 poems by greats including William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, in an effort to spark pleasure in reading and writing poems.


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I recommend that readers and young writers alike pay attention to the career-crowning book Pinsky will bring out later this summer, called Singing School. This marvelous, new anthology, with brief essays and headnotes, is his personal account of how he learned to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters of the form.

Within the groupings "Freedom," "Listening," "Form" and "Dreaming Things Up," Pinsky muses upon reading the poems from across the centuries — out of

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