13 Ways of Looking for a Poem

by Wendy Bishop Longman Press 1999

Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem is grounded in the belief that the best way to learn to write poetry – and improve one’s writing in general – is through practice. The book’s unique approach – teaching the elements of poetry through various poetic forms – encourages students to learn from existing models and to break free from pre-established constraints. In thirteen chapters centered on the sonnet, the haiku, and other traditional and not-so-traditional forms, the author demonstrates through numerous innovative exercises the many ways in which beginning poets can enrich their writing by studying and practicing poetic form.

13 Ways of Looking for a Poem