Two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form : a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form (sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, among others) would enhance their appreciation of poetry. Tracing the exuberant history of forms, they devote one chapter to each form, offering explanation, close reading, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form.
Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland. Mark Strand (1934-2014) won the Pulitzer Prize for Blizzard of One and was Poet Laureate of the United States.