(1/27/2007 12:45:00 AM)
First when you write poetry
You listen to a song in the radio
And sometimes you get one world
For example Prisoner of time
The other is take a poem and use
Some of the lines
And combine with different things
(8/25/2005 4:32:00 AM)
So, Nicholas, with such sound foundations -where are your poems?
(8/24/2005 8:55:00 AM)
This is a really useful posting, Nicholas. We could do with more like this. Thank you.
(8/23/2005 7:21:00 PM)
(I also posted most of this on the other forum, but it relates to this topic, that you've introduced in such an interesting way.)
I've started reading UNDERSTANDING POETRY, by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks. We used it as a text in high school, I think, though I was too busy in adolescent daydreams and showing off to absorb much.
I recommend the book as a treasure to anyone who wants an entrance into the world of poetry via the 'reading' end of the tunnel or the writing end. Whether the book is a review or a brand new acquaintance, the combination of provocative critical writing and commentary on wonderful poems, makes for a rich adventure. In fact, I JUST POSTED A POEM ABOUT READING THE BOOK.
My finding it and checking it out of the library was occasioned by a dim memory I had of it after my wife and I saw the powerful film 'All the King's Men' that was made of Robert Penn Warren's best-known literary work.
That and Rilke's LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET would be a wonderful beginning for any aspiring poet! Rilke's book is entirely concerned with the *attitudes* and stance toward life that make a poet.
Poetry Snob (aka Jefferson Carter)
(8/23/2005 1:59:00 PM)
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Nicholas, some good advice here. Especially the stress on reading aloud. Why dont you join in the discussions on the forum? Some of if it is worthwhile. Snob
(8/23/2005 1:31:00 PM)
Excellent advice, I'd say, Nicholas. I even find that posting a poem from Word or whatever to Poemhunter typeface and layout can throw up a word or two that need to be changed. Or for that matter, switching during editing from a sans font to a roman!
It was DH Lawrence at the end of his poem 'Snake'- a comment on the pettiness of his treatment of the snake - but the expiation was also in the form of a memorable poem!
And thanks for the tip about reading it out loud. I did that the other day, and discovered that there was a 'musical' rhythm to it that I was quite unaware of while - I thought - 'saying it to myself' as I wrote it.