Want to be a good writer?

Think sound, think image, think rhythm, think poetry. The links that follow, assembled by the Poetry Foundation, lead to enriching resources for students, tutors and teachers. 

Articles: 

including “Adventures in Anaphora: Students write more creatively when they repeat themselves.” (Hint–this can work for college application essays, too!)

and “Writing from the Senses: Disarming gifted and perfectionist students with sound and synesthesia.” Excerpt: “Perfectionism becomes an obstacle. Writing is a long, messy process, full of U-turns and fortuitous errors.”

Lists:

portfolio of poems chosen by Lemony Snicket. Carol Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, praised Snicket’s portfolio: “This collection should be required reading in every classroom in America. Lemony Snicket’s commentaries alone are worth the price of admission.”

Poetry 180–a poem a day for American high school students, assembled by the poetry and literature center and edited by Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, who also includes instructions for how to read a poem out loud (and why). He says, “Learning to read a poem out loud is a way of coming to a full understanding of that poem, perhaps a better way than writing a paper on the subject.”

Podcasts: 

The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off the Shelf and Poetry magazine podcasts offer poetry discussion on the go.

Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. poetry tours offer listeners a dose of history and geography with their poetry.

 

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