The following pages are excerpted from
John Frederick Nims' Western Wind, An Introduction to Poetry:

Before We Begin

Sentimentality and Irony

More about Sentimentality

The Unwrinkled Words


Figures of Speech

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"Ancient of Days"
by William Blake

The following are essays by poets on aspects of writing poetry:

The Line

Denise Levertov's "On the Function of the Line"

Richard Hugo's essays from The Triggering Town

William Stafford's "A Way of Writing"

Understanding Poetry *

Tradition and the Individual Talent *

Getting Out of Art's Way *

Biographia Literaria*


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