Writing Poetry

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  • Rookie Tired of Being Exploited (4/2/2008 12:42:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    Pure poetry is not the decoration of a preconceived and clearly defined matter: it springs from the creative impulse of a vague imaginative mass pressing for development and definition. If the poet already knew exactly what he meant to say, why should he write the poem? The poem would in fact already be written. For only its completion can reveal, even to him, exactly what he wanted. When he began and while he was at work, he did not possess his meaning; it possessed him. It was not a fully formed soul asking for a body: it was an inchoate soul in the inchoate body of perhaps two or three vague ideas and a few scattered phrases. The growing of this body into its full stature and perfect shape was the same thing as the gradual self-definition of the meaning. And this is the reason why such poems strike us as creations, not manufactures, and have the magical effect which mere decoration cannot produce. This is also the reason why, if we insist on asking for the meaning of such a poem, we can only be answered 'It means itself.'

    -from 'Poetry for Poetry's Sake' - Oxford Lecture c.1901, by A.C. Bradley

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    • Rookie Goldy Locks (4/3/2008 4:27:00 PM) Post reply

      working my way through this hefty, loaded quote, Jack; not complicated, though, it is meant to uncomplicate.

  • Rookie Goldy Locks (4/1/2008 4:52:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I'm a search light soul they say -
    But I can't see it in the night,
    I'm only faking when I get it right
    Cause I fell on black days.

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  • Rookie Jayesh San (3/31/2008 6:31:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I write poems and stories in my mother toungue, Malayalam.very recently I started to write English poems. I tried to translate my previous works to English, which didn't worked out. And my english vocabulary is very poor. For that I read lots of English poems and novels, but the technique I follow is to make some pictures in my mind, If I'm writing about a bird I just imagine different kinds of birds, how they sit, how the fly etc..and next step is the enviornment. The background of the picture. When everthing is ready in mind I just convert them in to words.

    Am I going on the right track or not?

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    • Rookie Meg H (4/11/2008 8:50:00 AM) Post reply

      I think you're doing the right thing. That's how all poets start. You did that in Malayalam, correct? Just because you're English vocabulary isn't very strong, that doesn't mean you're a bad writer. W ... more

  • Rookie P. W. (3/27/2008 6:34:00 AM) Post reply

    i suppose you could right a fairy tale of the fake torrent site!
    where the unsuspecting & innocent were tortured for days with
    viruses & bank accounts pilaged it's like the days of old,
    where people were told about terrible places where the unspeakable
    happened & scared kids at nite! lol

    my bro wrote this by accident while we were chatting i have the conversation if anyone is intrested

  • Rookie the poet (3/22/2008 8:39:00 PM) Post reply

    Rain is Falling

    Rain, rain, its always raining,
    Rain, rain, I end up saying,
    Rain, rain, please go away now,
    Rain, rain, just leave right now,
    Rain, rain, don’t know how,
    I don’t care how,
    To make my rainy day just go away…

    So I stand,
    in the pouring rain,
    So I can,
    feel the growing pain,
    Of having rain,
    coming down like the Armageddon flame.

    I can see raindrops playing their game,
    Even though they look the same,
    I know that there is more to rain……

    ~Hey guys what do you think about this poem? ?

  • Rookie Hopeless places (3/22/2008 11:30:00 AM) Post reply

    I died one day.
    My obituary was short.
    Good worker
    Kind hearted.
    Was that really me
    Did anyone really know
    the pain

    Did they see what they wanted
    Or what I wanted them to see?

    I died one day
    And nobody knew.

  • Rookie Goldy Locks (3/20/2008 11:29:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies


    This distribution of chemicals makes for a perfect day.
    The way it was told to me - you never really get there.
    It's the verisimilitude of standing here
    atop a kind of quirky exploding laughter.

    Chemicals laugh, they swing and dance, looking for a match, a pocket to fit their hand.

    There are many reasons for the scalp to tingle.
    The room is jettisoned.
    The garden is always yawning.

    And for now tare weight is a type of reality.

    —Nico Vassilakis, IN HIS INVESTIGATION

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  • Rookie Tired of Being Exploited (3/18/2008 10:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    'I cannot satisfy myself that there are any such things as poetic ideas. No truth it seems to me, is too precious, no observation too profound, and no sentiment too exalted to be expressed in prose. The utmost that I could admit is that some ideas do, while others do not, lend themselves kindly to poetical expression; and that these receive from poetry an enhancement which glorifies and almost transfigures them, and which is not perceived to be a separate thing except by analysis.'

    '...poetry is not the thing said but a way of saying it...'

    '...the intellect is not the fount of poetry, it may actually hinder its production, and it cannot even be trusted to recognize poetry when it is produced.'

    All above from A.E Housman, 'The Name and Nature of Poetry (printed 1933) '

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    • Rookie shel cope (3/20/2008 4:39:00 AM) Post reply

      Hey Jack, you cut deep here. Never posted in forums before but felt impelled, you're quoting from the poet of my youth. He means a lot to me, a Shropshire Lad (of sorts) . I read one of his poems a ... more

  • Rookie Tired of Being Exploited (3/18/2008 10:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    'art is not, like science, a logic of references but a release from reference and rendition of immediate experience: a presentation of forms, images, or ideas in such a way that they will communicate, not primarily a thought or even a feeling, but an impact.'
    - Joseph Campbell, 'The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology'

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    • Rookie Tired of Being Exploited (3/21/2008 7:35:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I am in the process of reading this book and was thunder-struck by the simplicity with which this sentence broke it all down. The very measure of why some art is good and why some is bad. Sure it can ... more

    • Rookie Goldy Locks (3/19/2008 2:19:00 PM) Post reply

      hi Lovelle. you remain extremely informative.

  • Rookie Hamid Kareem (3/18/2008 8:27:00 AM) Post reply

    i think a god poem is all about our good the poem is conveyed....... it doesnt matter if tis long or short. it should also be rich

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