A Treatise on Poetry for Beginners

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
This small book A Treatise on Poetry for Beginners is an attempt to encourage a beginner to take more interest in reading and writing poetry, at a deeper level than is the usual practice. With this aim in mind, the reader is introduced to the elements of poetry with examples in a light, humorous and interesting manner. More

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About Dr A.V. Koshy

Dr A.V. Koshy is an established author and writer who is a poet, critic and artist. He has a doctorate in Samuel Beckett's Poems in English from the University of Kerala. He has published a monograph of essays called Wrighteings: In Media Res and has several, published research papers to his credit. He has also published poems in India, UK, America and Canada in poetry journals, magazines, e-zines and anthologies. He has two certificates, one in entrepreneurship from the World Bank, and a diploma in education, partly from the USA, besides his expertise in teaching English Language and Literature in different premier institutions and parts of the world like KSA, India and Libya. His greatest desire is to build a village for people having autism where all their needs are met and he runs an NGO called Autism for Help Village Project with his wife for this dream to come true.
He can be contacted at terrestrian@gmail.com
Wrighteings: In Media Res is a book for intellectuals on theory and an experiment as to whether anyone is left in the world who can still differentiate between wheat and chaff. Is the reading worth it? Yes, if you are interested in Psychology, Design by Development, Art, Politics, Creativity, Creative Writing, Sexuality, English, Literature, Education, Critical Theory, History, India past and present, philosophy, intertextuality, transdisciplinarity and a host of other things. In other words, if you are interested in eclecticism, serious thought, hermeticism, esoteric writing, auto-didacticism and hermeneutics, this is the book for you. Read carefully to get the most out of this enjoyable but densely written book.

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Review by: Gorakhnath Gangane on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Dr Koshy’s ‘Treatise on poetry’ is like a fuller version of Mathew Arnold’s touchstone method, at least for the reader like me who takes keen interest in the aesthetics and the overall body of poetry. I am very much pleased and influenced by the expanse of his expertise in the matters of reading, writing and analyzing poetry. I, being a literature student and a budding poet, find this book of paramount significance for those who want to know, write and appreciate good poetry.
What is special about this book is its simple language mixed with intermittent humour, which teaches us various elements of a poem viz form, style, structure and the rhetoric. In times when poetry has a few readers and the poets are given the second place, a book like this will definitely help to generate a good amount of interest in readers and writers as well. It won’t be an exaggeration if I call this book “ Ars Poetica “ of our times. I give it 4 stars and appeal to the lovers of poetry to grab it if you can because this is a literary treasure. I want to thank Dr Ampat Koshy for offering us this book.
Gorakhnath Gangane, Lecturer in English, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Santosh Akhilesh on Sep. 19, 2012 :
Ampat has been a friend , philosopher and guide especially for non writers like me. Never before I thought of writing a poem. It is he who encouraged me to get in to it and helped me in publishing few of my poems. I have only read the 15% of free preview and could purchase the book just now after several failed attempts to buy for Amazon. I am sure this book would be as engaging as his posts are on FB. I am sure this book would be the place to go to seek direction and help for novice writers like me. Thanks to Ampat for bringing out this book for all of us. I reserve 5 stars post reading review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Mary Annie A.V.(anna maria) on Sep. 19, 2012 :
I have been really surprised that this book was able to hold my attention throughout. The book is a must read for beginners of poetry..it also assists they who know poetry. Th e objective is thus two fold. I thoroughly enjoyed the examples and the explanations.I could term it all as eye openers.

The style is new.and hence grabs our atention..

The book I am confident will be a constant companion to all who want to refer time to time about poetry.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: zeenath ibrahim on Sep. 16, 2012 :
Dr. Ampat Koshy proves to be a distinctive and potent voice in the sprawling FB literaryscape as I am familiar with his vast literary output. This treatise of his is an excellent exposition that discusses the nuances and mechanics of poetry effortlessly, making it an enjoyable and enriching experience for all. By delving into the intricacies of poetry, he elucidates the features that make a poem great and timeless. Written in a lucid, unassuming style the treatise takes off without the least tinge of pedantry. Spiced with humour and illustrations, the write up appeals to both aspiring poets and seasoned writers alike. I boldly recommend the book as an authentic discourse on poetry especially coming from the master of multiple genres himself. The book is sure to spark off some fireworks even in uninspired minds.Four stars for this one!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: michele baron on Sep. 8, 2012 :
In a book suitable for not only aspiring and emergent writers of poetry, but also to closet and avowed critics of poetry, Dr. Koshy has compiled wit, wisdom, and aphorisms and "authorisms" well-wrought in an lucid, entertaining, and highly accessible form.
"A Treatise on Poetry for Beginners" draws from the wellsprings of poetic traditions across the continents and ages. Bridging to the "now" of electronic compositions and individual and group anthology publications both online and in hard-copy, Dr. Koshy encourages and challenges beginners and experienced writers, readers, and critics alike.
The "self-styled FB poet" writes of social forum poetry, the "Dreaded Poets Society," the real, the virtual, the ever-present influence of T.S. Eliot, and the lifetime "wardrobe" of poetic Style in an engaging blend of quoted poetry, pithy extracts, and plain-spoken prose.
Readers can peruse the real-time, on-line Dr. Koshy with the click of an icon to facebook. But to read the estimable and considerable evaluations of poetry distilled in Dr. Koshy's memorable style, I highly recommend (for beginners, afficionados and scholars alike) reading "A Treatise on Poetry."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Angel Meredith on Sep. 3, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book! It was an information overload! The wisdom between the pages isn't just for beginners. It's for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills. Dr. Koshy is a knowledgeable critic and author, who teaches how to write more effectively, by using proper English and grammar.

As a fellow poet and twice published author, he uses his experiences to convey ideas in a firm manner. Increase your chances of becoming a published author by taking his advice, and buy this book! I gave this book 4 stars, only because I will save 5 stars for the likes of Shakespeare and Aristotle!!!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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