Poetry is one way to communicate, maybe even the best way, but it's certainly not the only
way. Another very acceptable way to communicate is to write (you knew this was coming,
didn't you) an article for Digital Passions.
We have poets among us that have been studying their craft for years, while others have
just started (and, okay, a few who don't yet know there is a craft). It would be wonderful
if the former would share a smattering of their hard-won knowledge with the latter, don't
you think? Enough, perhaps, to tease them into finding more on their own?
Here's a "suggested" list of things I would personally like to read about:
What is meter? Other than using
our "ear," how can we tell what meter a poem follows?
What are the differences (and
advantages) of rhymed, blank, and free verse?
What is metaphor? Simile? Why
are they perhaps the most powerful tools in the poet's arsenal?
How can we all improve our
imagery (what's that??) and avoid the dangers of cliche?
We know words have sounds - but
which sounds? All about rhymes, imperfect rhymes, internal rhymes, assonance, and
What is "poetic
license" and just how far can we go?
These, of course, are just idea, my friends. I would welcome any short article, on any
subject that teaches us how to be better poets. Before we throw away all our tools (and
we're allowed), let's learn what we can do with them.
Passions in Poetry
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