A Writing Journey

Poetry II

In August, I wrote a post entitled Poetry. In that post, I discussed how I don’t like free-verse poetry, because it is so inconsistent. Well, I have to eat my hat, at least a little bit.

This past week I was been looking back over poetry that I’ve written in the past and realize that a lot of it is free verse, and I quite like it. (Maybe that’s just because I wrote it, but if so I am surprised because I don’t generally have warm and fuzzy feelings about things I write – I’m quite critical of myself.) Of course, there is quite a bit of rhythm in my free verse, and I do throw in some rhymes but not always in a specific pattern.

Now, that being said, I also had quite a lot of “standard” poetry in which I followed a specific form and had consistent syllables and rhyming-patterns. I like that too. I suppose, more than anything else, my liking a poem does not depend on the format, but rather the depth of emotion behind it. I like the poems that evoke feelings, that make my insides churn with grief or overpower me with joy.

I recently mentioned to a friend that I think poetry, unfortunately, is a dying art. Modern poems don’t have the same lure (at least for me) as do poems from past eras. Poems today are cut short, stagnated, choppy. I like long lines of impressive vocabulary. I like having to think about what I am reading.

I am challenging myself, from here on out, to write a poem a day. I used to write poetry all the time. That endeavor has fallen by the wayside, and I would like to start it again. I encourage you, my readers, to write poetry as well. I will post a poem every Friday. Join my challenge and feel free to post your own poems in the comments of the posts. We’ll start next week.

Take care, fellow travelers.


Comments on: "Poetry II" (1)

  1. I should do this with you. I love writing poetry but I never give it any time. I guess this is a great opportunity for me to start, so I’ll join you in this endeavour 🙂

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