YOU DON’T NEED SADNESS TO WRITE GOOD POEMS: A NOTE BY ADEBAYO KOLAWOLE SAMUEL 

This idea that the best pieces of poetry always come from sadness or brokenness or some inner chaos isn’t true at all. Because of this wrong ideology, many intentionally put themselves in precarious situations. They conjure sadness for themselves even when that isn’t true about them. They deliberately set their...

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WRITING POETRY: 22 2S BREAKDOWN

  The poem, 22 2s was inspired by a song by one of the greatest rappers of all time; Jay-Z. In his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, there’s a song by the same title. In it, Jay Z does something similar, using alternate versions of the word ‘two’ twenty-two times. That...

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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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