There are so many wonderful free resources and courses available to be learning about different aspects of poetry. Of course, there are many exciting paid courses and workshops too. Learn about writing or reading poetry – stay curious!
A Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver
With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built—meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space.
How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle
by Molly Peacock
Molly Peacock has already brought poetry into people’s lives with her sold-out lectures, NPR appearances, and the creation of the “Poetry in Motion” program in the subway systems of major cities. Now she offers a book that strips away poetry’s scary mystique, introducing readers to its pleasures and inspiring them to form their own poetry circles with friends. Poetry is an invitation into new worlds both interior and exterior – she shows us how to accept that invitation.