Friday, April 4, 2014

Tips writing the Best Love Poems

Writing a love poem for a special lady is one of the most thoughtful things you can do to show your appreciation. Words have a particular power known to rally soldiers to victory, heal broken hearts, drive nations to madness and even put someone to sleep! Our speech is simply that powerful and learning to communicate effectively through the art of poetry is a skill worth practicing.

To shed some of the common doubts and misconceptions of writing poetry, let's get into some guidelines for writing the perfect one for that special lady in your life. It's a lot easier than you think and relies more on your willingness to communicate honestly than eloquence.

Here we go:

Seek Inspiration from the Greats

Search for and read poems written by the great former poets in history. You're sure to get some inspiration to begin expressing yourself and you'll be more comfortable doing so as you see what's acceptable.

It's powerful method for opening up your mind.

Not All Poems Rhyme

Rhyming is not an essential characteristic, and if you try to rhyme every word and sentence, you're basically limiting the depths of your creativity. Sure rhyming is a cool form of expression but most people won't have the skill to pull off a grand one.

Focus more on perfecting the flow of the message you're trying to deliver with your writing. Try to have your poem build up to a climax as the reader browses through it from start to finish. Expressing the true meaning of what is flowing from your heart.

Be Honest, Be Vulnerable

I know you may be tempted to exaggerate but use that with caution. Nothing beats pure honesty. If your love for her feels like you're "standing on a mountain top" then say that. If your words escape you while trying to discuss your love for her, then say that. Be honest, allow whatever you think and feel to flow through. Don't be afraid to clearly express the depth of your feelings, as "cheesy" it may seem. Inhibiting your feelings in an attempt to hide will only produce mediocre poetry.

Find a Cool, Quiet Place to Write

Remove any common distractions and find a place where you're free to think and be yourself. Surround yourself with things and people who inspire you to be yourself and do your best. Be comfortable, or if you're writing because of feeling love sick then go somewhere to write where no one can see you shed a few tears and you'll be free to act a fool. Trust me, I've done this many times in my past and it's perfectly fine. It's all a part of the expression and maturing emotionally.

Be Confident in Your Ability to Woo Her

In whatever you do, be confident. Trust your abilities and find your own unique way of expressing yourself. Not everyone is William Shakespeare, but we all have our own brand and image which cannot be expressed by anyone else. Your authenticity is an asset you alone possess. So leverage that.

Get to the Point

There is no standard on how long your poem should be. Haiku style poetry is mostly written in just 3 lines and yet tells beautifully grand stories that force you to think. Try to stay on point as you move through each stanza in your poem, keep you reader guessing and thirsty for more. Don't overdo the expression, don't try to explain too much. Keep the sweet spots succinct.

Use a few Metaphors

Did you skip English class in school or are not quite sure about how to use metaphors? Don't worry, it's a fairly simple and useful topic to brush up on. A metaphor is a term or phrase applied to something which it's not literally applicable but has some resemblance or similar qualities. For example, the phrase "broken heart" is not literally a heart split into pieces but the feeling of hurt is so intense it feels that way.

Use Your Words to Love Her Deeply

Remember your words possess power! Ensure that at the end of your poem or prose, your mission is clear and there is room for interpretation. This means that she will certainly know what you feel for her. Don't be afraid to use the word "love" and its other forms of expression.

Refer to Your Dictionary

You'll never stop adding new words to your vocabulary and forms of expression, regardless of how experienced and old you are. Don't try to rely on your vocab but refer to your dictionary and thesaurus to help with brainstorming the words you need. A thesaurus will be of greater help in finding a variation of words with the same meaning (synonyms) to help find the perfect words that flow.'s thesaurus is a great online tool.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Tips For Writing Poetry

Some people come to poetry on retirement. When you retire you have many spare hours to fill, and some think of trying something new. That 'new' thing for some is poetry. That brings problems though, what to write about, how to write, what poetic style?

To some, a poem must rhyme. People remember poetry from their school years, and think 'The Man From Snowy River' is what a poem must be. This poem of AB 'Banjo' Paterson's is a fine poet in the 'Bush Ballad' style, well known to Australians. Others may remember William Wordsworth with his 'Host of Golden Daffodils'. But poems can come in many other forms too.

There is the villanelle, haiku, ode, clerihew, sonnet and a thousand more.

The poetic form I want to talk about here is one I created - the Cordonostic poem'. I created it when I was helping out a Primary School teacher, teaching her students a little about writing poetry. It was a mixed class, and the main interests for the students was either shoes, puppies, kittens, or football, depending on gender and inclination. Few of the students were interested in creative writing, let alone writing poetry.

I thought about it and decided to set a challenge to the students, by giving them a poetic form that used their counting skills as well as their English skills. The Cordonostic poem was my answer. This is what it is all about.

This new poetic form - the 'Cordonostic' poem - was invented at 10.00 am 18 September 2006. The form must have an even number of verses, and is based on syllable counts as follows:

2 verses -

1st verse:

· 1st line - 3 syllables

· 2nd line - 5 syllables

· 3rd line - 7 syllables

2nd verse:

· 1st line - 7 syllables

· 2nd line - 5 syllables

· 3rd line - 3 syllables

Can be continued as wanted, keeping to 3/5/7;7/5/3 syllable count for further verses.

Can be rhyming or non-rhyming, on any subject matter.

The Cordonostic poem must contain at least one line of enjambment (Enjambment is when a linguistic unit (phrase or sentence) in poetry runs over the line break. Enjambment is the opposite of end stopping, where each linguistic unit corresponds with the line length).

An example of Cordonostic poetry:


Pregnant dog

her tummy filling.

Our hopes and dreams are rising -

will the puppies live up to

dreams, or not? Only

time will tell.

and another one:


Swimming in

our pool just above

the top stair - he didn't know

chlorine was so dangerous.

I moved him to our

pond's safety

and I hope

he will be safe there

with our fish, and other frogs.

Over the years many frogs

have been moved like this.

They croak 'thanks'.

So that's a Cordonostic poem - I leave it up to you to take it somewhere else!

Poetic Terms Explained

Why do poets use:

1.Full Rhyme
The effect is used in humorous and satiric verse. Full rhyme is a rhyme in which the words involved have the last two or more sounds in accord and so the only difference is earlier in the word or line. Full rhyme is sometimes known as strict rhyme.

2.Half Rhyme
Half rhyme is a kind of rhyme in which the consonants of the two words sound the same but the vowels differ e.g. buck/back. This is sometimes known as pararhyme.

3.Internal rhyme
A correspondence of word-sounds within the line, rather than as in conventional rhyme, at the end of lines.

The reiteration of the same vowel sounds close enough together to be noticed by the ear. It is more aural than alliteration because it is not so visible on the page.

Alliteration is the repetition of consonants close enough together to be noticed by the ear. It usually appears on stressed syllables.

Broadly, this can mean the overall harmony or concord of sounds. More specifically it includes the correspondence of certain sounds, as for instance in assonance or alliteration.

Enjambment is the continuation, or run-on, of one line of poetry into the next; that is, the syntax flows through the line-break. This is the opposite of end-stopped lines.

This is the term used to denote the break in a metrical verse line, usually at halfway. It is in effect a pause, but a distinct one that falls at virtually the same point in the series of formal lines.

A simile is a basic form of metaphor, in which the comparison is directly conjoined, usually with 'like' or 'as'.

A metaphor expresses one thing in terms of another by suggesting a likeness between them.

Personification is when inanimate objects are given human qualities.

Repetition adds emphasis to a poem. Repeating words also pushes a poem forward and makes the poem flow. If repetition is used in effectively and too often the poem can become boring, it must be constructed.

A group of lines shaped in the same way, with the lines usually, although not always of the same length. Traditionally they would be rhymed, but not always, especially in the twentieth century. Stanzas can vary greatly in length and structure. They serve the function of segmenting the poem and providing pauses in its progression.

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Poetic License

Emotion defined its existence

Its mystery is expressed by intelligence

Feel free and find your voice in the midst of adversity

Listen to the voice within and defy the charms of gravity

Express what you felt whether it is shameful or hot

You may impose on your self the art of rhyme or you may not

Poetry is about individuality, is it not?

Rest assure that your voice be heard whatever path you choose

I marveled and took the path less traveled

Listen, reflect and feel the messages behind every heart beat

We may go on different directions but on our destination we shall meet

Let go of your worries and relish the good memories

Don't be sorry but be inspired by thousands of stories

Angels? Nay, we are but men with wits

Finding a better way to express bits by bits

Through weakness our might can be manifested

Though battered but you'll never find us wince

I poured my emotions into the cup of prose

Intelligence merely put these words in place

It's emotional, simply irrational

He who have invented poetry must have understood women

Capture this moment and seize the day!

When this moment will come to pass, we may never find another one like this

Undertones may change but we will not deflect from our purpose

To express, not to depress

I have served my purpose

Emotions are expressed hidden between those lines, can you see?

Poems are made by fools like we

Don't mind the grammar, it is poetic license.

Poetic Form and Content

Offering a group of alphabets in a fashionable manner, stitching dream on the azure sky and adding some green metaphors like an artist to its shape- we get the Poems for Life. They spread happiness that a reader can drink glassful at thirsty moments- at the lonely night of full moon or rain.

If we look carefully- we will see that each poem has two aspects: Form & Content. Form is the superstructure, the body and Content is the infrastructure, the bone, meat and blood- both are crucial.

A poem may be written in different forms either following poetic grammar or without tracking thereof. Form is just like the apparels design- lucrative looking devise attracts customers. Hence, the magnetic impact of form is very significant. Preliminary attraction is the main feature of form.

On the other hand, content plays the pivotal role to satisfy reader-customers demand. The life and the context around us are the source of content that sings the victory of life. A certain thing as we see, we imagine, our desire and vision add good value to the content. In the fast moving society, contents also changing very swiftly.

Both the form and the content are the basic features of the poem. Traditional form and content of the poem have its antic value. But writing poems in modern form with contemporary content become dearer to the current readers. Still then, we have opportunity to write in classical or modern form with conventional or contemporary contents.

Whenever we compose a poem, we may consider the form and content keeping the readers' desire in mind. It is told that quality of a product remains in the customers mind. If we write a poem efficiently and effectively, but the readers do not like, that is not a perfect poem at all.

When we look into, we find lots of poetic forms- and when we watch around we see (either on open eyes or on close eyes) numerous contents are there. We have our liberty to choose- but we should not write against humankind. Out writing should be in favor of the development of human race towards progress.

We would like to add something in the development of mankind with the aid of Poems for Life.

Practical Poetic Anthology

The A to Z's of poetic styles is a teaching tool every poet should own. It is also extremely entertaining. With Pat Simpson at the helm, the project began.

Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson put out the call to poets from all over the world to poets who knew how to write in particular forms to submit them to this book.

It did help that Patricia is partners with Daveda Gruber and together they own their own poetry site, Poetry with Passion.

Many of the Poets-World-Wide group began submitting poems done in specific poetic styles. This book took time and energy from many poets who worked very hard to produce poems that would entertain the reader while showing the different styles.

Not only is there a genuine glossary, but examples of how to put the tools into effect. This book could help students of poetry and should be available in libraries.

The diversity of the subject matter and the forms used to portray them has brought about a book superior to most. The poets you will find within the pages are talented and some of the best of this generation.

The writers involved are most definitely a 'who's who' in the poetry world. Daveda Gruber, Patricia Ann Farnworth, Tina R. Jussaume, Joseph Spence Sr., Erich Goller, P. F. Kosack, Helen Mcmanus, Joe Hartman, Jacquelyn Sturge, Michael L. Schuh, J. Elwood Davis and Mary Ann Duhart (winner of the best poem for 9/11 competition presented by Poetry with Passion) are just a few of the published authors within the covers of this teaching book.