Thursday, 4 June 2009

Writing Poetry - more info

A Few Poetry Styles
Sometimes a framework can help give you structure. Sometimes it only hinders. I have begun a birthday ode to one of my kids, only to abandon the frame, triolet. I couldn't be succinct enough and say what I had to say!
Here are some guidelines:
  • choose a powerful beginning and ending
  • look for unique phrasing
  • prune your poems
  • either use repetitions, or refrain from lines that are similar, but do not add another point if it does not add to the imagery
  • use strong verbs and brilliant images
  • use a photo for a prompt
  • write of things that are familiar to you
  • throw the poem out to the universe for help- friends with expertise can provide feedback and shape.
Choose intriguing rhymes.
  • present original rhymes
  • refrain from using today, and say, might and right.
  • use sensory works -tactile, visual, olfactory,
  • search for a framework that suits you theme or topic.
See: 10 Ways to Improve your Poems, for example!
Here, PoetryDances.ning provides more info on styles. They have a forum where you can workshop your poems! Here is a link to all of Shakespeare's sonnets. You write well by reading other's work!

Forms of Poetic Rhetoric

1. persuasion – leads reader to a belief
2. process rhetoric – assemble a stereo, “How Do I Love thee?”
3. Classification – i.e. science, What is… Defines forms.
4. Cause & Effect – post mortems
5. Compare & Contrast – i.e. Pepsi Challenge, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s sun?
6. Illustrative rhetoric – vista, TS Elliot, East Coker, summerset, Cooper’s Hill.
7. Narrative – short story, beginning, middle, end.

Content and structure: help you to consider something deeply.
Classical tragedy: mouthpiece, philosopher’s reaction = strophe=> shock and horror of the problem,
  • anti-strophe => look at one side (from another spot on the stage),
  • finally epode = resolution.
Dialectical thesis - consider deeply:
  • Wordworth’s Intimations of Immortality.
  • Ode on a Grecian Urn.
A formal division of lines in a poem. The most common are
• Couplet (two lines) • Sestet (six lines)
• Triplet (three lines) • Septet (seven lines)
• Quatrain (four lines) • Octave (eight lines)

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