The Making of a Poem

The Making of a Poem

By Mark Strand (Editor); Eavan Boland (Editor)

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393321784, 366pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2001

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.

About the Author
Mark Strand is an outdoor generalist raised in a family headed by his father, a passionate outdoorsman. He grew up fishing, hunting, and shooting for fun, changing the game as the seasons turned. Because he went fishing and hunting on some days he should have been in class, it took Mark five plus years to be graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Fisheries & Wildlife. Strand lives in Minnesota with wife Jill, son Willie, daughter Samantha, a hunting dog named Ali, and an amazing collection of stuff needed to get outside and have fun.

Boland also lives in Dublin, Ireland.