which are your favorites and why?
I love fiction. Anything to do with words, but fiction is my passion. The way the words weave in and out and around each other, effortlessly, like water from a fountain until a story is told. Don't get me wrong -- I admire poetry, but I don't feel the same passion for it. Music touches something deep inside me and is stirring in its own right, particularly when it's live, but the vibrations it sets off aren't as deep. Visual art...ditto.
What's your passion? What resonates for you?
Humor, especially when it's harmless and warm. Combined with art or fiction, in any form.
Humor's good...the trick with humor is to toe that fine line. You know the one I'm talking about. That line that separates 'over the septic tank' and 'in the septic tank'.
These days, it seems, that line gets blurred more and more easily. Sing it with me, boys and girls, "Times, they are a'changin'...."
Okay. I'm gonna go hide now.
nonfiction. stats, graphs, charts, data, info. I look at those things and see people. I could bury myself up in a book on how gets what from government transfers all day.
Formal poetry - sonnets, ballades, roundels, terzanelles - most of the genres (except sestinas!) I get a huge kick out of working within the constraints and trying to use the form to the subject's advantage. But music too, and too many types to mention. I have a few guitars, but the one I bought in Spain when I was 17 still travels everywhere with me MANY years on!
I wish I had the discipline for that. I admire poets more than I can express -- my own attempts at it are laughable, though. It's one of those things, I've decided (for me, anyway), better left to the experts.
I've heard others bemoaning sestinas...what is it about them? What are they?
Hi Elisabeth -
A sestina is a poem with six 6-line stanzas followed by one 3-line stanza, so 39 lines in all. The last word in each line in stanza one becomes the last word in each line in stanza two, but used in a different order. And so on till the end. I've done a few, but I don't much enjoy the process because it feels more like a puzzle than writing poetry. I'll maybe post one in a hub.
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|