On PoetryA Lesson by Camille Corbett
No self proclaimed writer can say that they've never dreamed of being the next Poe or Dickinson, let's work out the kinks in your writing to bring you closer to that dream.
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling". - Oscar Wilde
When people write poetry, they tend to "just let it flow" while they usually carefully plan out their stories and other sorts of writing. Which always begs the question, what makes poetry undeserving of their proper consideration? For I have no idea why a person would just write a piece of scribble down, then try to pass it as genuine poetry. Poetry, No, I meant good poetry, that is deserving of that glorious title, is thought out properly, given a rhythm, has a topic, and makes a person feel with it's diction and sweet language. In fact, my poems take longer to write than my stories, not to mention the editing to have the correct moving diction. Therefore, I challenge any of you writers who think that "just letting it flow" can create genuine poetry to prove me wrong. Please send me your poems and If you do, in fact prove me wrong, (which I wish you to do) I will exhibit your poem on this course and praise it and pick out all the things I love about it and how wonderful your technique was. However, if I am proven correct, you must promise me you'll have to start planning out your poems from now on. Let the games begin!
For the writers who do not wish to challenge me, here is an outline on how to brain storm for your poetry and create good poetry (Results may vary).
1.) Think about what you wish to write about.What do you wish the reader would learn or understand for your writing? Create connections between other things that could pertain to your topic. Basically, just think.
2.) Figure out how you wish to convey the message.
3.) After thinking about the message, write down words that remind you of that particular message.
4.) Figure out a rhythm and/or rhyme scheme and follow it.
5.) Begin writing and refer back to the words that you associate with the message and use the connections or metaphors that you made when you created your topic.
6.) After writing, read your poem aloud 10-20 times to make sure everything is perfect.
7.)Edit for about 10 minutes.
8.) Leave it for a week.
9.) Come back to it, and see if you can edit it or add on further in any way.
10.) Read it again
Then you have a decent poem on your hands!
I hope you guys had a great week, and have an even better weekend. I hope you submit to the Master of Writing, writing contest so you can win a chance to teach this course or for me to be your personal writing coach for a year!
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Added on May 1, 2010
Last Updated on May 1, 2010
AboutI'm a 21 year old Fulbright ETA writing to kill the time and find my sanity. I have been gone for a while. But I have returned, so watch out for some new stories.