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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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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RHYME IN POETRY: TYPES AND USAGE

A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words, most often at the end of lines in poems and songs. Simply put, it is the agreement of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of...

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ONOMATOPOEIA: NAMING SOUND FOR POETRY

Onomatopoeia, by strict definition, is a word which imitates the natural sounds of a thing and creates a sound effect that mimics the thing (sound) being described, thereby making the description more expressive and interesting. Simply put, in layman’s language, it is the use of words — such as ‘gring/ring’...

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DEFINING POETRY: WORD PROPHETS AND THEIR SPIRITS

Poetry is a product of mental digestion — an evidence of consciousness, because the poet writes what is heard, seen, felt, perceived, foreseen or hoped. Thus, a poet is an individual of many perceptive tentacles, expressing ‘creatively’. Frankly speaking, no ingredient of life is rejected in the kitchen of the...

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5 INFORMAL TIPS FOR GOOD POETRY

Lets chat about poetry, precisely some informal tips about making good verses.  Poetry is an art, a dance, painting, or tapestry with words. It is deliberate, not just an expression of unruly and disjointed thoughts. Therefore, the poet’s best creations are deliberately worded and designed to suit the message he...

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