HOW TO ANALYZE A POEM (PART 2)

Knowing that poetry uses compact language, expressing complex feelings, it is important to understand that a poem has multiple meanings —  Akpoviri Don Veta Akpoveta Today, we continue our lecture on ‘ANALYZING A POEM’ (READ PART 1 HERE): NAMES OF CHARACTERS: Does the name of a character suggest extra meaning, such as...

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THEME CHALLENGE: NOW, NOT LATTER

Our THEME CHALLENGE for today is: NOW, NOT LATER? Write a 4-line poem on the theme: NOW, NOT LATER You MUST use the phrase ‘NOW, NOT LATER’ in the verses Use alliteration at least twice Use at least one simile and one metaphor Analyze this poem TIME TRAVEL in 2...

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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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POETRY IS MUSIC: A BALLAD AND A NOTE

The aim: to prompt to action through detachment. The mood: to play on this paradox, standing suspended between anger, revolt, disgust, sorrow, admiration or indifference, so as to finally assert dissent and freedom of thought. With the risk of losing one’s mental bearings in the process. I find repetitive refrains...

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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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REVIEW OF ‘TELL ÀYÒKÁ’

I have witnessed …the death Of many hills Who died the death Of gradual tractor graze. I have witnessed …the fall Of many mountains Who crumbled before The feet of bastard bulldozers. I have witnessed …how forests became factories How beaches became bridges Day became a night and Plays became...

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WRITING POETRY: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

To my poet and non-poet friends… Poetry writing is an interesting craft that could be acquired via personal interest, association with people of like minds, conscious learning, etc. Mindful of its features/rudiments and the boldness to try one’s hands at writing poems, one would be moving a notch up displaying humility to share one’s...

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