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The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms / Padgett, Ron, editor ; Apollinaire G ; Ashbery J ; Basho ; Berrigan T ; DeCampos H ; Cangiullo F ; Creeley R ; cummings ee ; Dante ; Carroll L ; Finlay IH ; Fuller B ; Ginsberg A ; Goeritz M ; Herbert G ; Herrick R ; Huelsenbeck R ; Joyce J ; Kharms D ; Lear E ; Mallarme S ; Michaux H ; Morgan E ; Morgenstern C ; Ponge F ; Pound E ; Rimbaud A ; Rothenberg J ; Schwerner A ; Smith S ; Theocritus ; Thomas D ; Tzara T ; Williams E ; Coolidge C ; Gomringer E., 1987

Identifier: CC-27847-28982

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Scope and Contents

This book defines 74 basic forms of poetry, summarizes their histories, and quotes excellent examples. The essay on concrete poetry states that "concrete poems use space. They use sound. Instead of simply letting the words stand for something else, the words in the poem dramatize their meaning by the way they look. They draw attention to their physical appearance, ink on the page. The poem becomes a collage of words, letters, and other symbols that may or may not have something to do with the meaning we usually assign to them. [Concrete poets] see poetry as a visual of graphic art. They see it as something that can be abstract and that must be looked at in order to be understood. In trying to enhance the meaning of the poem, as well as to free the poem from what these poets see as its linguistic or verbal limitations, they have made typeface, symbol, shape, and the spatial relationships between letters, words and lines fundamental elements." -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1987



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (224 pages)) ; 22.8 x 15.1 x 2 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New York : Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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