In Fine Form

In Fine Form

The Canadian Book of Form Poetry

Book - 2005
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A survey of Canadian poetic form, with hundreds of examples past and present, In Fine Form features the work of Robert Service, Margaret Atwood, Molly Peacock, Leonard Cohen, George Elliott Clarke, and other noted poets. Canada's "form poetry" arises from the country's distinct geography and cultural mix, with subjects ranging from physical work like farming and fishing, to the French influence, to more timeless natural and abstract themes. This anthology, beginning in the 16th century, is arranged by sections, one for each form, with a brief introduction to that form's conventions and variations. The poems in each section appear chronologically (by birth date of poet) to show historical and modern examples that showcase the best the country has produced.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Raincoast Books, c2005
ISBN: 9781551927770
1551927772
Branch Call Number: 819.1008 INF
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Shreve, Sandy
Braid, Kate 1947-

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Jul 12, 2012

a promise made is a debt unpaid [Robert Service – The Cremation of Sam McGee]

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Jul 12, 2012

Ian sees I am / Torturing myself again. / I tell him if I / Don’t torture myself who will? / He says give nature a chance. [David W. McFadden – Shouting Your Name Down the Well]

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Twice now this morning I am wakened by full-throated geese / Veeing over my roof. How is a poet to dream through this? [Colin Morton – Hortus Urbanus / Urban Garden]

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Jul 12, 2012

I liked the idea of this book but wasn't thrilled with its execution. Some of the examples of the forms, particularly the ones requiring precise arrangements of repeated lines, seemed awkward and contrived to me. Given the wealth of material out there I think this collection could have been stronger.

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