A Must have for Every Poet, ‘A Poet’s Glossary’ by Edward Hirsch


Beginning with “A” for abcedarian an alphabetic acrostic type poem to zeugma, a figure of speech “deriving from the Greek word meaning “yoke”, this glossary has more of an international appear than many other books I’ve read.

Edward Hirsch has “delved into” the different forms of writings around the world. In my opinion this makes the work so much more important than any other glossary for writers because with knowledge of these new forms, can you imagine what poet’s can do? So much inspiration can be taken from just the definition of a kind of poem, that it will make you try your hand in it.

For instance, unfamiliar poem types I would like to try are:

  • Abstraction
  • Spondee
  • Truncation
  • Verbless Poetry
  • Wine Poetry and,
  • Zen Poetry

There is so much more poetry types in this 700+ page eBook and I recommend it to teachers, students and everyday writers alike who just want to know other forms out there in order to branch out into something new.

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet. A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He is also the author of “How to Read a Poem(and Fall in Love with Poetry)

Book Details:

A Poet’s Glossary, Edward Hirsch

ISBN:978-0-15-101195-7

Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt(April 8, 2014)

*ARC received for my unbiased review from Netgalley

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