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Poetry Basics Week - Assonance and Consonance
These two rhetoric figures are the classic examples of writing techniques that are as easy to employ as they are to be overdone and make what you're writing feel awful, like you're trying too hard.
What they mean is sort of obvious from the name, and that's your first help: unlike other rhetoric devices, they're as simple as the name sounds.
Consonance is the repetition of the same consonant sound in a sentence, verse or stanza. Assonance, similarly, is the repetition of a vowel sound in a short sequence.
You probably read or heard both of them a lot! Either in ads or Literature or songs, assonance and consonance are a very helpful trick. The similarity of sound that they create makes what you're reading or listening (mind you – that's the effect they have when used correctly) be fluid, it gives it a rhythm of its own and even its own "mood".
When it's overdone, on the other hand, it will make everything feel forced and put there just to have
Introducing Poetry Basics Week!
Hello everyone and welcome to Poetry Basics week at projecteducate! This is our third literature based week in partnership with CRLiterature and we've chosen this subject due to popular demand.
We thought whilst out prose-rs are enjoying the manic world of NaNoWrimo, it would be an apt time to keep the poets occupied too. Over this week we want to scale back some of the fundamental aspects of poetry writing to hopefully give some useful advice to new and less-experienced writers. We will be looking at the technical elements that make a poem a poem, identifying the key differences between poetry and prose and also hopefully at the other side- publishing poetry and getting yourself recognised as a poet. This is not about different forms of poetry- we already covered that in Poetry forms week- this is about breaking down beyond the wordspill and truly understanding what
Poetry Basics: Emotions
Emotions in poetry
Writing, at its very base, is communication. We write to communicate — with someone else, with ourselves — when we write, we arrange words in a manner that is intended to be read. This is very important because, no matter what or how you write, this one basic fact never changes. If you get stuck at any point, you can come back to this sturdy foundation. I am writing to communicate; what do I want to communicate?
Often, the answer is emotions: how you feel, or how you want your reader to feel. As Gregory Corso wrote, "You must feel! It's beautiful to feel!"
We all feel, but how we express our feels is a matter of perspective. If we are too flippant with our choice of words, our readers will think we are shallow. If we are too brooding and deliberate, our readers may find us incomprehensible. Finding a balance takes work and dedication.
But that work and dedication is what distinguishes
Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?
Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?
So what makes a poem good?
According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge (please, never just call him Sam) the definition of poetry is "the best words in their best order".
Fine. But what exactly does that mean?
It means that good poetry is about much more than just matching rhythm and rhyme. What elevates any poem above its peers is the specific choice of words to match the poet's intent.
Say what now?
Think of it this way: our chosen words are our color palette, and the way we combine them equates to brush strokes and blending. Strong words equal bold hues, while overused and cliché terms are a lot like faded watercolors. You want your hard work to stand out, not blend in, right?
Of course I do!
Then my biggest piece of advice is this: choose your words.
What do you mean? I always choose my words; I'm a writer, after all!
What I mean is, do your best to choose the most appro
Poetry Basics: Brevity
Brevity: n. the quality of expressing much in few words.
When I was in tenth grade, I took my first literature course. It was a six week exploration of poetry. The first poem my teacher showed us was Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro:
The apparition of faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
I, in all of my 16-year-old knowledge of the intricacies of what poetry is, informed my teacher that those two lines were not a poem.
"You don't think so?"
"No. They don't rhyme, they are just one metaphor, and did I mention they're only two lines?"
She sure showed me.
Importance in Poetry
Pound's poem is considered such a great work because he inserts several layers into a single image. Using only 13 words he evokes an entire painting within the reader's mind. You can hear the sounds of the trains, see the fatigue of a mother wrestling with her cranky toddler,
How To get Published
Or be Satisfied when You Aren't
A Beginner's Guide
Poetry publication is awash with literary magazines, internet journals, print-on-demand presses, vanity presses, indie presses, and major publication houses. So many options! It's a lot to navigate. But before we delve into the 'How-To's,' it's important to understand the 'Why.'
I'm talking about the the Big Why, the biggest WHY after 'Why write poetry?' Which is, of course, 'Why are you publishing your poetry?'
"BECAUSE!" I hear you shouting.
But that's not the best answer. You'll be happier, or at least more content with the results of the following advice if you understand your motivations behind the urge to publish. What specifically do you hope to achieve?
How to Succeed in Poetry Without Really Trying
If, for example, you want your poems out in the world, in a place people might read them; if you want to be able to say that you're a published poet; if you're not feeling great a
Choosing a Fixed Form for your Poem
Choosing a Fixed Form for your Poem
If you want to know how to write a sonnet deviantART has you covered but what if you want to know if the sonnet is the right choice for the poem you intend to write? The point of this journal is to introduce the steps in the process of choosing a fixed form to write in and some questions a writer should work through to find a form that suits the content.
Know Your Forms
There's no way around this one, in order to choose a fixed form you must first know what's out there. A great guide here on dA to get your bearings on poetry forms is BeccaJS' PE: Poetry Forms- An A-Z. Here's another excellent guide that is for
Poetry Basics Week
Welcome to projecteducate's Poetry Basics Week!
Effective Imagery in Poetry
By spoems and swansisters
Today, we will be discussing effective use of imagery in poetry. We will go over the following topics:
:bademoticon: Definition of Imagery
:bademoticon: Different Types of Imagery
:bademoticon: Imagery and Context
:bademoticon: Literal or Direct versus Figurative or Implied Imagery
:bademoticon: What Makes Imagery "Effective"?
Definition of Imagery
The Music of Language: Prosody
Poetry is the art of using language as a tool to create both visually, atmospherically and phonetically coherent pieces. Imagine an unsung music that flows through our everyday lives, syncopating our every emotion and pulses through our every sentence. The careful wordsmith is someone who is attuned to this song, the music of the language. It’s the melody that runs through the lines as we hear them read out loud and the rhythm that resonates through every sentence that we utter. The name for it is prosody. Prosody is the underlying song that lives in any given language. And it is the basis of foot, meter and rhyme.
1. What is prosody?
In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech. It reflects both the feature of the language as well as the mood and intent of the speaker. Therefore the "melody" of Italian sounds drastically different from that of English, which is again different fr