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The Bluffer's Guide to Poetry

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of poetry and verse (bluffers might be surprised to discover that there is a difference). Never again confuse an anapest with a distich, a panegyric with a polemical, or a haiku with someone clearing their throat. Bask in the admiration of your fellow literati as you pronounce confidently on the comparative merits of a rhapsody and an elegy, or a dactyl with a spondee, and effortlessly learn how to hold your own when extolling the sublime gifts of whichever poet you've decided is the greatest of all.
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Nick Yapp first became aware of poetry when he had to learn some as punishment at school. Much moved by the experience, and swamped with thoughts of Love, Suffering, Death and Toffees, he subsequently wrote a great deal of verse.His favourite poets are Keats, Betjeman, Harry Graham and (most of all) William McGonagall. He has found it wise to keep quiet about all this, for poetry lovers are not much respected in south-east London where he lives. Richard Meier is the winner of the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize and is the author of 'Misadventure' (Picador, 2012). Richard now lives in London with his wife and two young children and has been known to write as many as three words a week. He sometimes plays the piano, and more frequently plays cricket - not necessarily at the same time.


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