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Mike Acker Mike Acker Male, 60, Canada (10/18/2013 9:47:00 PM)

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Interesting point of view. I disagree though. Without the heart(genuine human emotion put in words) what you end up with is an intellectual exercise or put more bluntly intellectual masturbation. But, like you said, I am not an expert either.

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  • Steven Ralph (10/19/2013 9:07:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Mike, I'm waiting for my poem with " no feelings and only descriptions" It was due at 8: 00. We need to over this stuff. We're going to write a poem together. Remember?

  • Steven Ralph (10/18/2013 10:43:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Semantics. You're trying to tell someone about how you feel instead of showing them. If you want to 'tell' then write it in an essay. (Having said that, the best essays use some (at least) poetic language) Floundering poets never seem to understand the difference between telling and showing.... Talking to someone, or writing ABOUT SOMETHING. Emotions clog up the essence of a poem. Lose it, Man!

    I'm going to give you an assignment for tonight. It's due tomorrow evening. Tell me a story, in some kind of poetic form, about something that happened to you. Anything. I want you to describe to me what happened to you. It doesn't matter what happened! YOU MAY NOT TELL ME WHAT YOU FELT WHEN IT HAPPENED. DESCRIBE THE INCIDENT LIKE IT WAS A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SITUATION. NO FEELINGS ARE ALLOWED. JUST DESCRIPTIONS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

    I'm serious. This is due at 8: 00 o'clock tomorrow night. After you post it we will discuss your assignment. I'll be here for you. Happy writing!

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    • Gulsher John (10/20/2013 3:49:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      Ahha...! splinded Scotty...what a trick u gonna play.. Showing or telling....reciting or painting (words) Difference b/w old and contemporary poetry. Words words....it does matter.

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