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A Love of Words: An Interview with Patrice Vecchione

By: Roger Bunch
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1
Date: Winter 1998

Summary: Bunch's interview with poet-teacher Vecchione touches on subjects such as the importance for students of learning to write poetry, ways to get students to write poems, and what makes a poem excellent.



Writing poetry can also be a key to writing prose. You learn distillation of language, to be concise, the use of imagery, surprise, detail, specificity poetics–simile, metaphor, personification alliteration, paying attention to the sound of words–all of which have application in prose. You pay attention to the particularities, the nuances of language; you can get to your greatest potential in language.

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