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Why Write Haiku

and   Other Words on Words


    This book is not just about the Haiku. Nor is it only about poetry. The main part of the title is taken from the first piece in the opening section (of five). The second part of the book’s title is as important as the first: and other words on words. I am, and hope you are, as interested in prose as much as poetry.

   The fifth section especially focuses on what writers of note did or had to say about writing. For example, would William Golding have written Lord of the Flies if he had not previously been at sea and been a schoolmaster? Was Charles Dickens a chauvinist?


   The whole is organised in five sections, as follows:

One: Six Honest Serving Men

Why Write Haiku?                                            

Where is Grub Street?                                      

What is Gothic?                                                 

How is Rhyme a Crime?                                  

How are Poetry and Popular Music Related? 

When Should You Review?

What is an Essay?

What is Poetry in Translation For?

Why Magic Realism?

Who were the Georgians?

What is Speculative Fiction?

When was Romance? 

What is a Villanelle?


Two: Triolet



Blank Verse

Chant Royal



Nonsense Verse

Ottava Rima


Rhyme Royal


A Sample Poem Analysed




Terza Rima

Triolet (Form)

Vers Libre

Three: Literary Terms

Terms used in prose and poetry from

Accentual Verse to Zeitgeist.


Words on Words

The derivation, sound, forgotten

meaning etc of selected words.


Living Words

Essays on Literary Biography 

True to Life

Turning Points

A Sense of Place

Working Writers

Mr & Mrs

Writers at War    

The Writing Habit

Family Matters

Writers at Sea

Putting Their Towns on the Map

Under the Influence 

Another Kind of Influence

Writers on Writing

Writers in Love

Another Look at Existentialism

A Writer’s Christmas

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