So You Have to Write a Poem

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I occasionally take a small break away from all things romance to write a little something of the non-fiction variety. In fact, my very first publication was a writing guidebook, Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers. Fiction, especially romance, is my first love, but it is nice to let my brain explore a few totally different avenues very now and then πŸ™‚

After three years of delightful romances, I finally have a new non-fiction to share. So You Have to Write a Poem: A Guide for the Non-Poetic is a guidebook for those who either love poetry and want to learn a few classic forms, and is especially for those who are learning about poetry and are maybe struggling with it a bit.


So You Have to Write a Poem gives novices an easy-to-read guide with step-by-step processes and fun examples while giving more advanced poets a technical guide to the rules behind all their favorite poetic forms.

This volume includes:

* Nine forms of poetry, including chapters on ballads, blank verse, haiku, heroic couplets, limericks, the pantoum, sestinas, sonnets, and the villanelle.
* Overviews on poetry basics like meter and rhyme scheme.
* Detailed, easy-to-understand instructions and “cheat sheets” that outline the rules for each form of poetry.
* And a section with a detailed explanation of how to analyze a poem.

IΒ designed this book to not only help students get through their poetry assignments, but also shows poetic skeptics how to enjoy the act of writing poetry, and gives poetry lovers a chance to learn some classic styles. And maybe have a little bit of fun too πŸ˜‰

And of course, because EVERYTHING I do has at least a hint of romance, there are a few poems with a bit of romance in them included in the book πŸ˜€

So, if poetry is something that ever interested you, or if you have a student who is struggling with poetry, check it out πŸ™‚

Trivia question: How many forms of poetry are included in So You Have to Write a Poem?

Follow Michelle McLean:

Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

5 Responses

  1. Maggi Andersen

    It sounds like a great little book to have, Michelle. I like writing poetry.

  2. Kathleen Ross

    Would loved to have this book when I was teaching English!