What are the best books to learn how to write poems?

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    #1Letters to a Young Poet

    Letters to a Young Poet
    Back in 1903, a military student sent his verses to Rainer Maria Rilke, an Austrian poet so that he could know how to improve in his poetry skills. These ten letters are now compiled in this book, which contains some of the author's favorite themes and many advice that will help anyone interested in the poetry world. 
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    Lawrence Ellis
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Letters to a Young Poet is a great example of a book which teaches how to write poetry. The book is a collection of ten different poems that a military poet sent to an Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, for feedback on. The poet responded with their favorite themes and gave some sound advice on writing poetry. This book would definitely be of great value to someone who is trying to polish up their poetry writing skills! "
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    #2Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry

    Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry

    This book is a collection of exercises from fifty-eight different poets that will help anyone who wants to to improve their writing skills. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and in a few weeks you will be able to write like your favorite poets. 

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    Zachary Lawrence
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This a wonderful guide book on how to improve your poetry writing. It covers a lot of different styles. It's easy to understand and guides you through in steps that you can follow along with to learn better."
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    #3The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

    The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

    This book is a collection of Richard Hugo's essays, lectures and reflections, which will surely help anyone willing to start in the beautiful world of writing poetry. It includes both insights and advice from this distinguished poet. 

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    Angela Gibson
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I like to learn what I can about poetry and writing to gain more skill. The Triggering Town does not disappoint. I have learned a lot of new techniques through this book and I highly suggest it."
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    #4A Poetry Handbook

    A Poetry Handbook
    Popular poet Mary Oliver shares with everyone how to write a poem, with its parts clearly identified and how to improve everyone's creations. In very few pages, Mary Oliver manages to give the keys to start writing mind-blowing poems. 



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    Laura Edwards
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Oh I hate poetry but took a class that required some - both reading and writing. This book helped me a lot with my assignments. It made the whole process a whole lot less daunting and I did acquire a bit more appreciation for poetry(but just a bit!)"
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    #5Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry

    Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
    Featuring 59 exercises from 58 poets, this books will help you improve your writing skills, allowing you to write poems from many genres and styles so you can become the poet you have always wanted to be. 





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    Vincent Holland
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book does a great job covering the different styles of poetry, and offers a lot of great advice for up and coming poets to become the next Robert Frost or T.S. Elliot. I'd recommend sitting down with it, and a sheet of paper, and just losing yourself. Don't think too hard."
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    #6Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book written by Natalie Goldberg, first published in 1986. It aims to teach readers to achieve a healthy and sustainable writing practice through the art of Zen meditation.

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    Rakesh Subramanium
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book to learn how to write poems"
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    #7The Art of the Poetic Line

    The Art of the Poetic Line

    Using many authors as example, this book explains how a poem is built, giving full information about its many genres, styles, techniques and ways everyone can write a great poem, no matter how many time they have been doing so. 

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    Arthur Parker
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Art of the Poetic Line will take you for a ride. This book will take you inside the craft of criticism and outline key components of it. In this book poetry will be taught like a language for the reader to comprehensively understand."
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    #8In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

    In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
    This book is a poetry guide, perfect for beginners who are starting to write their first poems. In it, students will be able to expand their skills and exercise their imagination through many exercises and challenges. 




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    Jeremy Hansen
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I bought this in an attempt to get better at poetry. There is a lot of valuable info in it and its easy to follow, but I'm just not good."
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    #9The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

    The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

    If you are interested in writing poetry, this book will help you by bringing you the essential elements of this art. You will be able to know what subjects are the best to inspire you to write, which technique you could use, and practice your writing skills through many exercises. 

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    Henry Nguyen
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "An inspiring book, filled with good advice and helpful tips. Some of it is fairly obvious, but there's a lot of ideas one wouldn't necessarily think of oneself. Worth reading and a lot of fun for those who write poetry. "
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