In Fine Form

In Fine Form

The Canadian Book of Form Poetry

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Perseus Publishing
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.

Independent Publishing Group
Exploring and exalting the complex art of form poetry in the Canadian literary canon, this comprehensive and groundbreaking anthology brings 175 poems from over 140 poets from the 18th century to the present day, and 20 distinct poetic forms, together under one cover. The sonnets, ghazals, triolets, ballads, epigrams, pallindromes, and other forms represented in the collection will appeal to the poetry lover as well as teachers and students of poetry, as they demonstrate the rich history of poetry that laid the foundation for modern writers. Canadian poets include Bliss Carman, Sir Charles G. D. Roberts, Dennis Lee, George Elliott Clarke, Alden Nowlan, Gwendolyn MacEwan, Molly Peacock, Lorna Crozier, Anne Simpson, Émile Nelligan, Adam Sol, Barbara Nickel, Christian Bok, and Margaret Atwood.

Publisher: Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2005
Description: 303 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781551927770
Branch Call Number: 811.008 Inf
Additional Contributors: Shreve, Sandy.
Braid, Kate


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Jul 12, 2012

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

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]

Jul 12, 2012

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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