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Poetry is Emotion

The title says it all, right? Over and over I come across little sayings (usually on Pinterest) about how poetry starts as a feeling, sometimes a lump in the throat or a tingly sensation or whatever you can imagine. I know that this is true for me. My best poetry comes not from thinking, but from feeling.

As such, I don’t often rewrite my poems. To me, rewriting poems, born from an intense emotion, is rewriting that emotion, saying that it did not exist that way, that I did not feel as strongly as the words suggest.

The truth is, I did feel that strongly. I wrote exactly what my feeling told me to write. Because of this, I don’t share a lot of my poems – I don’t invite just anyone into my world. But the writing is what helps. Putting those emotions on the page proves that yes, I feel them and yes, I feel other things as well. And so I do not rewrite my poetry (except for the occasional word-change when it isn’t precisely what I want, and that usually happens while I’m writing it down anyway).

What do you think about rewriting poetry? What do you think about poetry as emotion? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Take care, fellow travelers.

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.

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