Poetry 101A Lesson by Samantha Altrosse
The basics of poetry.
Poetry has plenty of technical elements to it, but let's skip over those, since you can find those things by searching poetry elements on Google. I'm here to instruct you in the abstract things of poetry, beyond meter and rhyme.
Besides technical elements, there are two things in poetry which make it essential to being poetry, and, though the "conventional" poets may criticize me for it, there are two things: Message, and Form.
Your message is central to your entire work. If your poetry has no message, there is no point to it, so you may as well scrawl SKIP THIS across your work if you have no message.
Your form is a means of enhancing your message. If you are talking about how the world is difficult, don't lay out your point. Make your reader work for it. Be abstract, write in broken verse. If your message is that we are all going to die in the end, maybe you should put your poetry into the shape of a knife. If your message is that people are inherently good, but are corrupted by money, make your text the color of your audience's national currency. If you are writing to expose a wrong that has been hidden under many layers of cover-up, write abstractly at first, and then slowly get simpler and simpler until at the end your point is all but laid out.
Experiment for a while, and if you are a student of this course, I expect to see a couple of poems like this in your galleries soon. Then we'll move on.
Added on December 24, 2009
Last Updated on December 24, 2009
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