How To Write Poetry
Poetry is another world of writing on its own, just like other genres of literature.
Poetry seems to be the shortest of all, if not epic but at the same time, it’s not as easy as you think because it needs lots of condiments to achieve what you want.
Remember poetry is said to be the spontaneous overflow of emotion recollected in tranquility and the tale of the mind.
If you want to write poem, to narrate an experience, then it’s better you write it the way it comes because you are the only one who can define and explain the scene.
This doesn’t mean you should not abide by the rules of concord and grammar. If you want your work to be seen as a spiced poetry, then you need to take note of the followings.
This is more or less like a foundation to your poetry. You have to know your goal, what you want to achieve, who you are directing it to, how you want to achieve it. All these being put in place will easily help you to know the kind of language to use, the best allusion to adapt and poetic condiments that fit in. After defining your goal, the next thing is…
Cliché is like a beautiful plate with old food. The world wants something new, they are tired of reading same pattern and diction, they are tired of reading things we’ve known to be norms.
When you bring out the originality of your work, I mean when you settle down and feed them with something beyond the ordinary, every one would be eager to read from you. Remember the work and efficacy of suspense so, always try something new.
This is somehow neglected in the course of writing poetry but pay attention to it If you really want to carry your readers to the apogee.
Don’t let your emotion becloud your lines because it’s not you they want to read, they want to read somthing captivating, something new. You can only make yourself a subject matter if you know how to work your way in with the help of imagery and allusion.
Be a painter just like an artist who draws.
Here, you need to work with…
Let me also give you another secret which can help.
Create a riddle and answer it. With that, you can generate a powerful imagery. Take a look at this.
1. What beat a child in the presence of his mother (hunger)
Now combine it, turn it to a sentence.
“Hunger beats a child in the presence of his mother” does that not sound poetic?
Now, it’s left for you to apply it wisely, to suit and fit in to your work. Also try Proverbs, they can enrich your work too.
5. Concrete Noun.
Don’t stress your readers by using ambiguous words that they aren’t really familiar with it abstract noun. Don’t because you want to speak big vocabs, go out of content. Don’t use abstract words, use concrete words, things people can see or things you are sure they must have experienced but there are ways to make it unique, twist them but avoid cliché.
6. Figures Of Speech.
This will help you to write a good poem people will reckon with If you know as many as possible and know how they function.
The popular figures of speech are simile, metaphor, irony and hyperbole. But you can dig deep, there are many to still be used, like pun, euphemism, chiasmus and many more, explore them.
Poetry also deals with theme and subject matters just like in an article which a paragraph must have a cohesion and unity, so does poetry too.
Always communicate with your theme, let them understand the message you are passing across through your theme(s).
8. Ordinary To Extraordinary.
As a creative writer, you are expected to convert what you have already known to what your readers don’t, or what will surprise them.
Easier said than done huh? Take your time and you are going to be a master on your own.
Give time to study, try to know the trend and convert it in another way to still mean the same thing. You can do remix of it, that’s why you have a poetic license, use it.
This is one of the major thing that define poetry. If you noticed, some musicians don’t have a good lines but they make sure there are rhymes in their songs. Flash back and think about it.
Now, you, a creative writer, a poet for that matter, just imagine the combination of your poetic devices as you learnt with ryhme.
Be careful not toforce rhymes so that it won’t lose its taste.
10. Be A Reader.
For you to be a good writer, a poet, you must be a good reader.
First, after writing your poem, assume the position of a reader and read. You will surely see one or two things to edit, remove or add.
After that, don’t be in haste, forget the work and maybe after some times, pick that work and go through it again and read, you will see something to retouch.
You need to read people’s work, the more you read, the more you learn how to write. Read people’s work, the way they write and how they write. You will learn new dictions, styles and even patterns. Don’t be a lazy reader if you want to be a successful writer.
In our next write up, we will dicuss how to override CLICHÉ
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