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  • Csdb Kind (1/20/2008 11:27:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    i see poems as the inside to his mind.. pick away the layers and see the poor lost boy or the rich young prince, ,
    thats it

  • Raluca Ratiu (1/15/2008 3:25:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    I write in rhymes too, not because I don't know a different style, but because that's the way that i can express myself better... i guess everybody has it's own way of expression...

  • Josie Whitehead (1/12/2008 5:10:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies Stage

    I am a poet who writes in rhyme and rhythm, and it would be lovely to see a discussion on this subject in this forum. I don't think, perhaps, that this is a place to post your poems as there is a place for that.

    Could I please start up a DISCUSSION:

    I often find that if I have a song, a piece of music or have read a particularly rhyming and rhythmic poem beforehand - this helps me to get my rhythm for my own poem.

    What particularly helps you all in this forum? Answers please - not more of your own poems to display for we all write poems in this way, and quite well.

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    • Bonnie Collins (5/20/2008 10:50:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I enjoy writting more of a free flow than to rhythm or rhyme, very seldom do I ever rhyme, somehow it distracts me as a writter in doing so, sound wierd? I guess we all are who we are... And I must sa ... more

    • Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (1/25/2008 1:14:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      I write in a variety of styles, including rhyme. For me, the real trick is not the rhyme, but the meter. I work hard on my meter, but it doesn't always flow the way I'd like.

    • Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (1/14/2008 12:33:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I like rhymes Josie, its gives that much needed punch to the poem and appears more striking

  • Trade Martin (12/31/2007 8:58:00 AM) Post reply Stage


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  • Csdb Kind (12/24/2007 10:21:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    do you wish to go into the unknown.. to the dark,
    never come back,
    nuthing could pull you out...g-d

  • Chuck Toll (11/20/2007 9:39:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    On Writing Poetry

    Robert Frost once observed in a moment of pet,
    That tennis is foolish when played without net.
    So a poet abandoning rhythmical verse
    Was to him just a lightweight (or something far worse) .

    As I see it, the goal’s not to best an opponent
    But determine a theme, then refine, shape and hone it.
    Using rhythm and rhyme adds a memorable sound.
    (Who truly recalls much of Elliot or Pound?)

    If you would write your verse in classic rhyme,
    You’ll probably use the iamb all the time.
    Iambic feet in groups of five are stately
    Yet lithe, as used by Shakespeare cherished greatly.

    Trochees, though, have lots of power;
    Use them when you snarl or glower.
    Shorter lines, three feet or four,
    Let you grasp your subject’s core.

    The bounce of the anapest many find funny
    As it scampers along like the legs on a bunny.
    Yet its lilt appears often as part of our speech
    So it can bring subjects within the heart’s reach.

    Dactyls instead are insistent and driving,
    Forceful and rolling with purposeful striving.
    Horses and trains, also feelings in motion
    Show a dactylic rhythm if you’ve got the notion

    When you need change in the rhythm, it’s neat
    To add strong spondees or weak pyrhic feet.
    Slow down, look closely, or speed things up,
    Add that dash of ‘different’ to your cup.

    If you feel quite at ease with conventional forms,
    That’s great. But if not, bid adieu to the norms.
    Beyond the predictable, seek new realms of choice;
    That’s where you must search to discover your voice.

    Intense and insistent, poems are different from prose.
    (Poetry, it’s said, never feels like prose to those who knows.)
    For we treasure each line that rings true like a bell,
    Spoken from the heart to our hearts wondrously well.

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  • Gene Van Troyer (11/12/2007 6:39:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    For those interested in poetic forms, I highly recommend two very useful books:

    The New Book of Forms, by Lewis Turco (University Press of New England,1986)
    ISBN: 0-87451-381-2

    -This is a useful quick reference handbook with examples to illustrate each form covered.

    The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, edited by Alex Preminger et. al. (Princeton University Press,1993) ISBN: 0-691-02123-6

    -This covers everything.

    My apology if I'm referring you to material that has already been mentioned in this forum.

  • Kelly Lynn (10/30/2007 7:31:00 PM) Post reply Stage

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    check out my poems please, I'm pretty new to writing poetry, I usually write random thoughts, but I really enjoy poetry now.

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