EVEN INSPIRED POEMS NEED EDITING

Personally, I think every poem (with the exception of spontaneous spoken word) needs to be retouched after it is originally penned because: Every poem, to become art, must be deliberately penned, with sifted words. Most times, what this means is that, after the inspiration, the true writer must tampers with...

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THE CINQUAIN CHALLENGE

A Cinquain is a short non-rhyming poem of 5 lines developed by Adalaide Crapsey.  Note that it is pronounced “sin-cane,” not “sin-kwane”.  This class of poetic forms is very popular because of it’s obvious simplicity. It follows one of three formats: FORMAT #1 Line 1: One word Line 2: Two...

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LEARN NOT TO RHYME BEFORE YOU RHYME

Put candidly, I think every poet who wants to write rhyming poems needs first to learn how to write without rhymes. First step for a poet hoping to pen good rhymes is to develop his/her power of metaphor and imagery creation — appealing to all the senses of the reader....

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HOW TO ANALYZE A POEM (PART 1)

For all those who begin the class in poetry, you must have been taught the fundamentals by the rector and other lecturers who have spent time here to bring us all to speed. Knowing that poetry uses compact language, expressing complex feelings, it is important to understand that a poem...

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