Sonnets are among the most admired and daunting poems in the English language. In his Sonnets: How To Write Them in Minutes, noted poet and teacher Robert McDowell flawlessly explains and demonstrates the characteristics of the English, Italian and Spenserian sonnets and provides excellent examples of each one. His insightful, playful exercises, or writing prompts, encourage reader/writer participation in the most positive ways. In very little time, the diligent reader will be creating her own sonnets, and learning something valuable about the organizing power of form in writing. There is nothing so liberating as a perfectly made object. This makes a super gift, and it works well in the classroom, too. Writers of all ages and stages can benefit.
Robert McDowell is a poet, teacher, speaker, editor and author, co-author, editor and translator of 14 books, including the bestselling Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations and Intentions (Free Press/Simon & Schuster) and The More We Get Together: The Sexual and Spiritual Language of Love (Poiesis Press). His books of poetry include Quiet Money, The Diviners (a book-length poem) and On Foot, In Flames. He was the co-founding publisher of Story Line Press, where he served as editor for twenty-two years. With Mark Jarman, he also edited The Reaper, a quarterly.read more