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What is Poetry? – Michael Rosen

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poetry

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781844287635
Imprint: Walker
February 1, 2017

Australian RRP: $14.99
New Zealand RRP: $16.99

 

Many years of working as a successfully and highly regarded poet has given Michael Rosen some great insights into the ins and outs of poetry in its many forms. This is basically a handbook for either teachers or students who are keen to pursue a deeper understanding of poetry; how it works, how it makes us feel and how to write it.

To begin with Michael looks at a selection of classic poems with careful analysis of form, language and technique. I have to say I felt he needed to do some deeper research into Waltzing Matilda and its origins as a couple of comments were, in my opinion, inaccurate.

The second part of the book sees Michael examining his own writing, elaborating on his intentions and writing process.
Along the way Michael gives young writers some great tips on both writing and performing poetry.  Additionally he includes useful websites and an appendix of poets.

This is certainly a valuable addition to your store of poetry books and though aligned to English National Curriculum standards will work very well in a classroom setting here.

Recommended particularly for classroom use for Year 4 upwards