A Poetry Lesson

No, it’s not really a poetry lesson. This is my last poetry post for April, so I thought I’d share a poem I wrote using the exercise Jeri Walker posted, 15-Sentence Portrait Poem. Wendy Bishop introduced this exercise to Jeri, and now I am copying the guidelines to share with you. Below are the guidelines regarding the 15-Sentence Portrait Poem. For a title, choose words for an emotion or a color that represents an important person in your life. You will not mention this person’s name in the writing. I am going to use Adoration. The adoration isn’t necessarily about …

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The Sounds Poems Make

When learning poetry, one learns the different forms of poetry along with a particular culture or history. They are a part of literature, such as meter and rhyme, and of the assumption that poetry is mastery of the language. As for lyrics, the average person understands the language used. In my opinion, if songwriters don’t choose words well, the song can fail miserably. But many poets have influenced musicians, and in doing so, they have created music and applied it to poetry. In the early 2000’s, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd put William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” to his own musical …

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The Dead Poets Society

Writers’ words live on through used pages of books and monuments. Every hand that holds and turns the pages, touches written monuments, changes us forever. In death, we still read their words—the Dead Poets Society. These dead poets’ written words make us bleed emotions, and we feel compelled to attach them to memes, tattoo them on our bodies, or inscribe them on headstones. While we replicate their poems in life and death, some poets had provided their own inscription for the ever after. They lived and died with their words. Here is a glimpse of a few of them. An …

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Always the Last to Know

I wanted to look into something original, interesting that I could share about poetry. In my quest to find a fun-fact tidbit, I learned some facts about a childhood movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Of course, I’m talking about the chocolate factory with Gene Wilder from 1971. Before I connect the movie to poetry, I want to point out a few things about the movie. I have seen it several times and never realized the film location was Munich, Germany. When I watched it as a child, the scenery seemed foreign to me, strange even. Now it makes …

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Kick off April with a Slam Dunk

To start out April, National Poetry Month, I thought I’d begin with Slam Poetry. Thanks to Jeri Walker at Word Bank Writing & Editing, I started watching slam poetry over the last year. Along with it being entertaining, I also am in awe of the performers. Slam Poetry or Poetry Slam is performance poetry. It inspires poets to focus on the words they choose as well as how they say them. The poetry can revolve around a serious issue, personal local or worldwide, or a funny subject, as long as the words and how you share them with the audience …

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