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A. Hamilton
12-19-2005, 12:08 PM
..because I can't remember diddly. All that info about meter, rhyme, imagery, line breaks and punctuation, etc., has fled my brain. I need some kind of quick refresher, because while I just LOVE writing it, I feel my attempts somehow seem uneducated, like I just get lucky when something comes out that is actually seen as a poem.
Quick!.. someone point me to Poetry 101 (refresher).:Lecture:

ljcblue
12-20-2005, 01:12 AM
I highly recommend that you read different kinds of poetry. You can go to your local bookstore and pick out a modern anthology or browse until you find a chapbook that speaks to you. There are also *many* poetry crit sites and ezines on the net.

This is a good website for a broad spectrum of poetry: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/ (Billy Collins' 'poetry 180') and this is also an excellent resource: http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/ (Ted Kooser's 'american life in poetry column)

I am the head moderator of www.wildpoetryforum.com (http://www.wildpoetryforum.com), an internet crit site. Our workshop moderator posts a series of exercises weekly to hone poetic skills.

I haven't red through all the offerings here, but I'm sure there's a lot of resources right here on AW.

Good luck!

ljc

scarletpeaches
12-20-2005, 04:50 PM
Read this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/009179661X/qid=1135082979/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_2_1/202-9705807-7846227

Vuligora
12-22-2005, 03:14 AM
I don't pay attention to all thAT STUFF. i JUST WRITE. pOETRY HAS NO RULES AS FAR AS i'M CONCERNED. iT JUST SHOULDN'T LOOK LIKE A NOVEL OR SHORT STORY.

ljcblue
12-22-2005, 03:30 AM
I don't pay attention to all thAT STUFF. i JUST WRITE. pOETRY HAS NO RULES AS FAR AS i'M CONCERNED. iT JUST SHOULDN'T LOOK LIKE A NOVEL OR SHORT STORY.


I disagree. Although it depends on the purpose of the poetry. If you are writing primarily as a method of self expression or journaling, than there are no rules. However, if you mean to write effective poetry that a reader will connect with, then there are guidelines and rules that will help.

regards,
ljc

William Haskins
12-22-2005, 04:27 AM
a very measured response, ljc. thanks for sharing your thoughts and welcome.

A. Hamilton
12-22-2005, 04:32 AM
thanks everyone :)