John Brantingham’s epiphany about formal poetry creates six basic premises about how and why to write it. These premises are also the premises of this book: Writing formal poetry is intellectual game play. It should be fun. Formal poetry gives poets tools to say something meaningful. No one can really fail at writing a formal poem. Writing formal poetry strengthens writers’ free verse and prose. A formal poem does not have to sound like an old poem. A poet should never have to sacrifice meaning to stay inside the form. The book includes Writing from the Body, The Power of Meter and Rhyme, The Sonnet, The Villanelle, and The Sestina.
John Brantingham's The Gift of Form is published by Spout Hill Press and is available on Amazon.