By Shelley Tucker. This concise guide for beginning poets presents various approaches to writing poetry and discusses 14 poetic elements in a clear, easy-to-read format. More than 100 examples of student work by adults and children illustrate concepts. Exercises and writing tips encourage experimentation in sections covering metaphors, similes, personification, imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia, meter, rhyme, repetition, and other elements. Different types of poems, such as haikus, sonnets, and blank verse are explained. A short bibliography of anthologies and selected books by established poets—both historical and contemporary—is included. Grades 3 and up. Glossary. Good Year. 144 pages.