To write well

For a little bit of writing inspiration, here is a quote from the book The Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver.

Quote by Mary Oliver, “But, to write well it is entirely necessary to read widely and deeply.”

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt from the book here.

A Poetry Handbook – Summary

In case you’re interested, here is the book summary:

“Mary Oliver would probably never admit to anything so grandiose as an effort to connect the conscious mind and the heart (that’s what she says poetry can do), but that is exactly what she accomplishes in this stunning little handbook.”
— Los Angeles Times

From the beloved and acclaimed poet, an ultimate guide to writing and understanding poetry.

With passion and wit, Mary Oliver skillfully imparts expertise from her long, celebrated career as a disguised poet. She walks readers through exactly how a poem is built, from meter and rhyme, to form and diction, to sound and sense, drawing on poems by Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others. This handbook is an invaluable glimpse into Oliver’s prolific mind—a must-have for all poetry-lovers.

Copyright © 1994 by Mary Oliver.

More details can be found on Goodreads and on Storygraph

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