Guides Issued by Ocaso Press


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A free 568-page book on verse writing as an art form — a practical guide to writing verse in traditional, Modernist and Postmodernist styles. Illustrated with copious examples ranging from Chaucer to contemporary American poets, plus hundreds of Internet links, this guide bridges the gap between self expression and the production of professional work worthy of detailed literary study.
An expanded version of this popular book that now includes more information on Modernist concepts and the translation of poems from European and Asian languages.
A free guide to publishing in traditional, electronic and webpage forms. Covers fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions, plus traditional, e-book, PoD, Kindle, Amazon and internet publishing and self-publishing.
If you really want to get that book or article published, this reference work may well prove a lifesaver. You'll have a map of the entire publishing world, traditional and contemporary, and will be able to choose the publishing or self-publishing route best suited to your time, talents and financial requirements..
A concise guide to the schools of literary criticism: some seventeen schools are noted in this 150 page free guide, and ten schools covered in detail — traditional, the new criticism, rhetoric approaches, stylistics, metaphor approaches, Poststructuralist, myth criticism, Freudian, Jungian and fractal approaches.
All are illustrated with a worked example and supported with extensive book and Internet references.
A background to critical theory places current approaches in the wider context of aesthetics, science and political economy. Written as 45 evaluative, jargon-free and largely self-contained chapters, this 170,000 word study surveys the theories of art and writing, linguistics and linguistic philosophies, the concept of truth  in science, literature, mathematics and logic, the rational and irrational philosophies of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Barthes, Derrida, etc., suggestions from brain functioning and many other matters that have a tangential but important bearing on how we judge literature.
As a background to the author's translation of 93 poems from all periods, genres and styles, this 61,000 word survey places the poetry of imperial China in its cultural and linguistic setting. Included are extended chapters on China's history, language, the anatomy of Chinese poems, their themes, expectations and styles. The history of translation is surveyed in some detail, with a close examination of the translation issues that arise. New models to distinguish genres and styles are devised, and the survey ends with specific recommendations. All chapters are fully referenced to the most helpful material on the internet.