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Hands up for poetry
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”
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?
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 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, 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 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
The Epulaeryu never fails to make me hungry.
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.
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
It neatly blends
With murky darkness
And hides with great secrets untold.
Poem - Soul
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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