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  • Jayesh San (3/31/2008 6:31:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I write poems and stories in my mother toungue, Malayalam.very recently I started to write English poems. I tried to translate my previous works to English, which didn't worked out. And my english vocabulary is very poor. For that I read lots of English poems and novels, but the technique I follow is to make some pictures in my mind, If I'm writing about a bird I just imagine different kinds of birds, how they sit, how the fly etc..and next step is the enviornment. The background of the picture. When everthing is ready in mind I just convert them in to words.

    Am I going on the right track or not?

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    • Meg H (4/11/2008 8:50:00 AM) Post reply

      I think you're doing the right thing. That's how all poets start. You did that in Malayalam, correct? Just because you're English vocabulary isn't very strong, that doesn't mean you're a bad writer. W ... more

  • P. W. (3/27/2008 6:34:00 AM) Post reply

    i suppose you could right a fairy tale of the fake torrent site!
    where the unsuspecting & innocent were tortured for days with
    viruses & bank accounts pilaged it's like the days of old,
    where people were told about terrible places where the unspeakable
    happened & scared kids at nite! lol

    my bro wrote this by accident while we were chatting i have the conversation if anyone is intrested

  • the poet (3/22/2008 8:39:00 PM) Post reply

    Rain is Falling

    Rain, rain, its always raining,
    Rain, rain, I end up saying,
    Rain, rain, please go away now,
    Rain, rain, just leave right now,
    Rain, rain, don’t know how,
    I don’t care how,
    To make my rainy day just go away…

    So I stand,
    in the pouring rain,
    So I can,
    feel the growing pain,
    Of having rain,
    coming down like the Armageddon flame.

    I can see raindrops playing their game,
    Even though they look the same,
    I know that there is more to rain……

    ~Hey guys what do you think about this poem? ?

  • Hopeless places (3/22/2008 11:30:00 AM) Post reply

    I died one day.
    My obituary was short.
    Good worker
    Kind hearted.
    Was that really me
    Did anyone really know
    the pain

    Did they see what they wanted
    Or what I wanted them to see?

    I died one day
    And nobody knew.

  • Goldy Locks (3/20/2008 11:29:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies


    This distribution of chemicals makes for a perfect day.
    The way it was told to me - you never really get there.
    It's the verisimilitude of standing here
    atop a kind of quirky exploding laughter.

    Chemicals laugh, they swing and dance, looking for a match, a pocket to fit their hand.

    There are many reasons for the scalp to tingle.
    The room is jettisoned.
    The garden is always yawning.

    And for now tare weight is a type of reality.

    —Nico Vassilakis, IN HIS INVESTIGATION

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  • Tired of Being Exploited (3/18/2008 10:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    'I cannot satisfy myself that there are any such things as poetic ideas. No truth it seems to me, is too precious, no observation too profound, and no sentiment too exalted to be expressed in prose. The utmost that I could admit is that some ideas do, while others do not, lend themselves kindly to poetical expression; and that these receive from poetry an enhancement which glorifies and almost transfigures them, and which is not perceived to be a separate thing except by analysis.'

    '...poetry is not the thing said but a way of saying it...'

    '...the intellect is not the fount of poetry, it may actually hinder its production, and it cannot even be trusted to recognize poetry when it is produced.'

    All above from A.E Housman, 'The Name and Nature of Poetry (printed 1933) '

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    • shel cope (3/20/2008 4:39:00 AM) Post reply

      Hey Jack, you cut deep here. Never posted in forums before but felt impelled, you're quoting from the poet of my youth. He means a lot to me, a Shropshire Lad (of sorts) . I read one of his poems a ... more

  • Tired of Being Exploited (3/18/2008 10:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    'art is not, like science, a logic of references but a release from reference and rendition of immediate experience: a presentation of forms, images, or ideas in such a way that they will communicate, not primarily a thought or even a feeling, but an impact.'
    - Joseph Campbell, 'The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology'

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    • Tired of Being Exploited (3/21/2008 7:35:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I am in the process of reading this book and was thunder-struck by the simplicity with which this sentence broke it all down. The very measure of why some art is good and why some is bad. Sure it can ... more

    • Goldy Locks (3/19/2008 2:19:00 PM) Post reply

      hi Lovelle. you remain extremely informative.

  • Hamid Kareem (3/18/2008 8:27:00 AM) Post reply

    i think a god poem is all about our good the poem is conveyed....... it doesnt matter if tis long or short. it should also be rich

  • Hamid Kareem (3/18/2008 7:58:00 AM) Post reply

    i dont know about improving my poetry as i for one am a science student...... and i have no literature trainin whatsoever....... all i know is this words coe to me.. and i cant deny that i think i am getting better but ways of improving i really dont know...... need people to read mypoems and comment sincrely criticsm not minded......

  • Michael Smith (3/17/2008 11:03:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Well with my poetry.
    I always use simple words to depict my point.
    I want to upgrade my vocabulary on my poetry...but it's not really that easy.
    So check out my poetry and please help me find out a way to solve this.

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    • Meg H (4/11/2008 8:58:00 AM) Post reply

      I'm about the same age as you are. I'm young and I had trouble with using vocabulary that isn't 'simple' as you said. I started out using a thesaurus. Eventually I got to the point where sophisticated ... more

    • Michael Smith (3/26/2008 11:06:00 AM) Post reply

      well thanks check out my poems 'This Mask' & 'The Loneliness' it really helped out....thnkz 4 the advice man

    • alice sunderland (3/19/2008 7:14:00 AM) Post reply

      keep the words simple. upgrade the 'ideas' - if you have to.

    • Hamid Kareem (3/18/2008 7:52:00 AM) Post reply

      k. how about i check out tours and you c ... more

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