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Hands up for poetry

Updated on April 10, 2014

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Though Kahil Gibran’s view on speaking may seem a little harsh, it does point to the necessity of th written word, particularly poems, to express our feelings and thoughts. Through clever use of imagery and metaphor, poets create an outlet for peace for the soul.

Poetry is a crucial creative outlet for many important reasons, and we may have positive or negative reactions to it.

The best evidence that highlights its importance will be the many different forms of poetry that have sprung up over many centuries.


Reactions to poetry

If you were to ask the question “How do you feel about poetry?” You would get a gamut of


We may all feel positively or negatively about poetry, but we can’t argue that it generates emotion.

1. It’s for intellectuals

Some have the perception that poetry is for those who are bookish. Perhaps this is because it delves into subjects that are a little graver. The feeling could be attributed to the techniques involved in writing using poetry forms, which, admittedly, do take a little time to grasp.

The truth is, poetry can be enjoyed by anyone. Whether rhymed or unrhymed blank verse,

anyone can use it as a tool to express what is within their hearts.

2. Poetry is difficult to decipher

For some, a poem is a web of words that’s difficult to untangle. It gives them a complete headache trying to make sense of words that have implicit meaning.

But that is where the enjoyment of poetry lies. It’s not difficult to understand after parallels between images and reality are discovered and drawn. The beauty of verse comes when one reaches that ‘aha” moment.

3. Poetry is just an enjoyable hobby.

Nothing could be further from the truth. We look to poems not just for nuggets of inspiration, but to express a few truths about life.

Poetry fosters the much needed social skills of empathy. It promotes the awareness of self and others.


Which is your favorite short form of poetry?

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My favorite forms of poetry

There are about 50 forms of poetry, but here are a few of my favorites, so chosen because they are shorter forms which can be written in no time. These are easily incorporated into photographs and turned into greeting cards.

The Tilinea

The Trilinea is a three line micro poem that was founded by a contemporary writer, but who that is remains a mystery.

The first line of the poem has four syllables, the second line, eight, and the third line, four syllables.

It's a must to incorporate the word "rose" in the poem.

The theme of the poem is at the poet's discretion, the word "rose" does give a few hints about what a suitable topic of the poem might be. Below is an example of a Trilinea, which I love because of its warmth and simplicity.

The warm red rose

That opens its crimson petals

To accept bees.

Writing a haiku

The Senryu

The Senryu, like its Haiku cousin, is a short, expressive Japanese poetry form, with the same number of syllables.It has five in the first line, seven in the second and another five in the third.

The difference between the two forms is this: while the haiku focuses on nature, the Senryu shines the spotlight on human nature.

I like the way it makes use of irony to bring home its point, telling us much needed truths.

Man filled with anger

Bangs his fists on the piano......

Hand smarts with sharp pain.


The Epulaeryu

The Epulaeryu is a poetic form developed by Joseph Spence Sr, who travelled to exotic parts of the world with the aim of discovering new and different food.

The form he devised has 7 short lines in total, with each line having this number of syllables:

Line 1 : 7

Line 2 : 5

Line 3 : 7

Line 4 : 5

Line 5 : 5

Line 6 : 3

Line 7 : 1

The Epulaeryu usually ends with an exclamation mark as a tribute to the poet's favorite food.

Here's a poetic tribute to my favorite, the salad.

Gathering of green, fresh leaves

Each calling my name

Dressing captures soul beneath

Delighting, a game

Teases, enlivens

It pleases


The Epulaeryu never fails to make me hungry.


The clerihew

The Clerihew, a poetic form developed by Sir Edmund Clerihew Bentley, is a form designed to poke a little fun at celebrities.

The form is best described as jingle written with in the AABB rhyme scheme, and has to have the celebritie's name in the first line.

Here's one I wrote for one of my favorite financial moguls, Donald Trump

Donald Trump's slick combover

To it, all the bees do hover

Master of financial strife

Has lessons we can learn for life.


The Fibonacci

I'm not a fan of Maths, but I do like the Fibonnaci because it neatly combines creativity with logic.

Written in according in a mathematical sequence developed by Leonardo Fibonnaci. It has 20 syllables, and the number of syllables in each line is as follows:

Line 1: 1

Line 2: 1

Line 3: 2

Line 4: 3

Line 5: 5

Line 6: 8



So svelte

It neatly blends

With murky darkness

And hides with great secrets untold.


Poem - Soul








an eddy

That lifts

and wraps

With warm


White hands



Show us


We want

To know.


Poetry is soul, and a part of us. Enjoy National Poetry Month.

Original work by Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin All Rights Reserved


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    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jackie!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vicki!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jhamann!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Thelma!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much, sujaya!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      I love poetry and know so little about it; I really should study this well; thanks for sharing.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Ann!! Yes, these forms are truly beautiful.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Audrey.

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Haiku is the only form I recognized. You taught all the forms so well, especially with the sample poems. Great hub! I loved it. Poetry is awesome!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely poetry and what a nice way to relieve your true feelings

    • Ann1Az2 profile image


      7 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I never knew there were so many different forms of modern poetry. I'm rather glad we didn't have them all when I was in school. I'm sure my literature teacher would have made us memorize them! lol Still, I enjoyed your definitions and examples. Thanks for broadening my view of poetry!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Wow Michelle! Really a great hub!!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill!

    • midget38 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitrangada!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      7 years ago from Reno NV

      Happy Poetry Month! I hope that your month is filled with beautiful poetry. I love the new forms, there is always so many new ways to try and express ourselves! Jamie

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub about forms of poetry, great poem about the soul.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Awesome! I never know that there are lots of poetry forms. I only know pentameters, sonnet and limericks. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      7 years ago from Beautiful South

      How interesting. These are forms of poetry that I've never heard of. When I was in school in the Dark Ages, all they taught were the pentameters and sonnets, none of which I was able to master. In fact, the only thing I was good at was limericks, so I avoided poetry like the plague. Poets like you on HP are teaching me to appreciate the new forms of poetry. Voted up ++

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub on Poetry month!

      Thanks for the information and awareness!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish I could write it because I do greatly enjoy it. Thanks for the education on poetry.

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      Janet Giessl 

      7 years ago from Georgia country

      A wonderful tribute to poetry. I loved all the information, the different forms of poetry you presented as well as the poems you wrote for each form.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      7 years ago

      poeting the way mid


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