WRITING POETRY: SHITTU FOWORA’S SPIDER APPROACH

So you want to be a good poet? “The art of poetry is the art of speaking metaphorically, and of making linguistic objects that are themselves metaphors are as well as metaphor laden” ~ Carol Rumens. Someone once opined, that because poetry is so multi-sensory and evocative, it often lingers...

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THE THING WITH INTERPRETERS (an essay by Oludipe Oyin Samuel)

Many things are allowed in the ‘most contemporary’ Nigerian literature, even psycho-imaginative meningioma; proclaim the very art of purposeful nationalist writing— countryside lyricals, activist poems from the contained ghetto-minds— I say the dynamics are vastly enmeshed in the spurring notes of sincere satire and a so self-indicting, predictable sadness, that...

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50 POEM TYPES EXPLAINED

Many of us have been writing poems without actually knowing the names of particular forms and styles of poetry. Some have also found certain kinds of poems appealing but do not know what it is called. If you are in any of the above categories, or you want to try...

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