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The Poet's Cookbook: Details for over 50 forms, types of meter, structure, rhyme and over 100 writing exercises.

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First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry. I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry. I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of poetry no matter how much we think we know. Whether you are new to writing or whether you are a more experienced hand, I hope that there is something for everyone in this book, that it will be challenging and will help you to grow in your craft.


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First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry. I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry. I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of poetry no matter how much we think we know. Whether you are new to writing or whether you are a more experienced hand, I hope that there is something for everyone in this book, that it will be challenging and will help you to grow in your craft.

30 review for The Poet's Cookbook: Details for over 50 forms, types of meter, structure, rhyme and over 100 writing exercises.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Butler

    When I first saw an inexpensive ebook titled The Poet’s Cookbook, I purchased it with the expectation that it was one long metaphor comparing writing to cooking. I thought prompts would be presented in recipes, that poems would be described as delicious dishes. Unfortunately, the cookbook metaphor ends with the title. The first half of the book listed different types of poetical formats, usually accompanied with an example. Most of my grievances were contained in this section: spelling errors, gr When I first saw an inexpensive ebook titled The Poet’s Cookbook, I purchased it with the expectation that it was one long metaphor comparing writing to cooking. I thought prompts would be presented in recipes, that poems would be described as delicious dishes. Unfortunately, the cookbook metaphor ends with the title. The first half of the book listed different types of poetical formats, usually accompanied with an example. Most of my grievances were contained in this section: spelling errors, grammatical errors, and an overall tone that did not seem to match what I had originally thought this book would be. Grammatical errors were throughout: “...were are just...” “There is no rules...” “...is a lyrical form verse form...” and the sonnet being the “best well type of poem” to list a few. “Autobiographical” was used instead of “biographical,” and “off” was used for “of.” These, and the incorrect alphabetical order of poetry titles, exemplify the need for editing. One particular annoyance to the reader is the nicknaming of classical writers. Geoffrey Chaucer was referred to as “Geoff” and William Shakespeare was referred to as “Shakers,” both on multiple occasions. As a reader, I found this tasteless and slightly disrespectful to the authors. The low rating I gave this book is mostly due to the writer’s condescension toward the book’s readers. While describing free verse poetry, Gilbert writes his own grievances about the form (or its lack of). Instead of providing mere facts and examples of the poetic forms, he inserts his own opinion into some, throwing off the tone of the work. The writer encourages the reader to experiment with certain forms, which would be encouraging if not immediately followed by “I doubt anyone would care or notice...” This phrase appears twice. This ebook has its merits. The prompts in the second half of the book were creative and, for the most part, original. I highlighted many of the prompts so I could try them out later. Overall, the first half of the book deserves one star for lack of editing and jokes that fail to reach readers; I give the second half of the book a rating of three stars. The combination of these two ratings is why I chose two stars. Spelling and grammatical errors run throughout the manuscript, but each entry is short enough for the reader to read in tidbits throughout the day. I enjoyed this as a light-hearted read, but potential was not reached.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nikita Gill

    Real rating 2.5. It had some useful bits.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Qasim Zafar

    The reason I give this five stars isn't because it is the best damn book you can find on poetry, but because it cuts straight to the chase. It gives a good introduction to various forms of poetry from around the world, and then gives you the exercises which you can adapt to whatever style you like. It was good, for me, for sparking creativity. The reason I give this five stars isn't because it is the best damn book you can find on poetry, but because it cuts straight to the chase. It gives a good introduction to various forms of poetry from around the world, and then gives you the exercises which you can adapt to whatever style you like. It was good, for me, for sparking creativity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Graeme

    Happy and helpful There was a time when I tried writing poems with form. Then I drifted away from the idea because it's hard, man. Counting syllables and figuring out meter is tough and time consuming. But I think it often makes for better poetry - for me as a writer, anyway. So, I thought I'd check this book out. I thought it's light approach made what could have been terrifically pretentious fun and fascinating. I want to try the forms discussed. And there are a lot - not just from a western tr Happy and helpful There was a time when I tried writing poems with form. Then I drifted away from the idea because it's hard, man. Counting syllables and figuring out meter is tough and time consuming. But I think it often makes for better poetry - for me as a writer, anyway. So, I thought I'd check this book out. I thought it's light approach made what could have been terrifically pretentious fun and fascinating. I want to try the forms discussed. And there are a lot - not just from a western tradition too. Is it really a cookbook though? Not exactly. It's an explanation of poetic forms all listed alphabetically. Then, there's a series of probes or exercises to spur your writing. Would you call this a cookbook? Maybe not so, but it doesn't matter. The title piques interest, and while you don't quite get recipe - you get ingredients rather than ingredients and method - it doesn't matter. That's all you need. Plus you don't feel like an idiot for looking for it. Thoroughly recommend this title.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    While I liked this book, I'm glad I didn't pay more than 99 cents for it. It is decent refernece book that you can quickly open and get a basic understanding of a poem format. It's a good book for those who are trying to explore new formats and styles. It is simple and user friendly. That being said, it might be too simple. You can get the same information for free on the internet. He even references Wikipedia at one point. You can read Wikipedia for free. While there are some interesting writin While I liked this book, I'm glad I didn't pay more than 99 cents for it. It is decent refernece book that you can quickly open and get a basic understanding of a poem format. It's a good book for those who are trying to explore new formats and styles. It is simple and user friendly. That being said, it might be too simple. You can get the same information for free on the internet. He even references Wikipedia at one point. You can read Wikipedia for free. While there are some interesting writing prompts in the back, I've seen variations of the same prompts online. Free. This is a nice little pocket guide, though. And it's nice not to have to dig through poorly formatted webpages. This a simple poetic cookbook. I was pretty disappointed with simplized explanations of the some of the forms I know well. It doesn't mean it's bad; it just means it's a place to start learning, not a place to do all your learning.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I really like the concept of a humorous reference book of poetic forms and prompts. It provided a helpful review of familiar forms and poems plus some intriguing unfamiliar ones, plus a few exercises I might use. But throughout this book, the author kept coming off as annoyingly lazy: There are typos. He keeps saying his example poems were dashed off quickly (which is either real laziness or faked laziness to defend bad poetry). There's no references section. And it's clear he doesn't have enoug I really like the concept of a humorous reference book of poetic forms and prompts. It provided a helpful review of familiar forms and poems plus some intriguing unfamiliar ones, plus a few exercises I might use. But throughout this book, the author kept coming off as annoyingly lazy: There are typos. He keeps saying his example poems were dashed off quickly (which is either real laziness or faked laziness to defend bad poetry). There's no references section. And it's clear he doesn't have enough quality ideas for 100 unique writing exercises and should have stopped around 30. It's disappointing that he had a great idea and a reasonably entertaining start, but didn't follow through to do it well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dean Cowan

    The Poet's Cookbook. Gilbert provides the student and would be poet with the fun opportunity to explore poetic forms. Some are well known and others obscure but this handy and amusingly written Guide makes the subject accessible. The authors still is light and often funny , however my few criticisms include not enough examples and he is too dismissive of free verse. The Poet's Cookbook. Gilbert provides the student and would be poet with the fun opportunity to explore poetic forms. Some are well known and others obscure but this handy and amusingly written Guide makes the subject accessible. The authors still is light and often funny , however my few criticisms include not enough examples and he is too dismissive of free verse.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I cannot rave about this book enough! I have spent years searching for a book exactly like this. It holds everything I need to know about the structure of different poems and fills many gaps in my knowledge. I am in no doubt my poetry is going to come on leaps and bounds with the help of this book. I would highly recommend to other poets.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kodmon Csaba

    Expected more I expected more from this book. There was another review mentioning that you can find this information online. It tasted like a textbook without the practical applications. Yes there are funny remarks but that did not dissolve my disappointment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    stephanie warrillow

    I really enjoyed this I really enjoyed this as it gave me lots of ideas and new things to try and I am thinking now about using in my very first workshop I loved every moment of reading this book

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bo

    Not impressed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helena Handbasket

    A wonderful resource for helping my son understand and appreciate poetry.

  13. 4 out of 5

    H A Vitatoe

    Educational This is educational and explains how to write different types of poetry with examples . I would recommend this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    m long

    Good I thought it was a good. Reference. Book something to fall back on when you get stuck . I needed to know certain styles

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    It was a good refresher for me on poetry forms. I will be referring back to it over and over. The explanations are precise and helpful for poets wanting to perfect styles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Nielsen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Perry

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  20. 4 out of 5

    Javier Pascual

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gale

    If you are into rhyming there is no denying this book is for you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Langer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve Williams

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Schilling

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jesse R Kloos

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 5 out of 5

    Greg Fazekas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick jacob

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tye Jiles

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