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What do you know about poems?

Updated on February 16, 2013

The art of it all

Would you like to express yourself more freely through writing? Poems are one way that you can. Poems are an expression much like the lyrics in music. Some would argue that most lyrics are poems put to melody and then sung by an artist. The art of poetry has been taught in some schools freely as a basic form of literature. In other places there has to be a special workshop for poems to take place. I think the easiest poem one can write is a haiku. A haiku is made up a few components, usually dealing with the five senses and often goes in a pattern of five syllable, and then seven,and then another five. Try describing what your senses are experiencing. What are you seeing and hearing when your out in nature, this is a good place to start.

The most common type of poetry which is often usually demonstrated is free verse. You don't have to rhyme to write poetry. You just have to express yourself through writing that is creative, imaginative,and often inspirational. What inspires you? What have you experienced that you want to share with the world? What are you feeling at the moment? All of these questions can help you get into the groove of writing and expressing yourself through poetry. Let's try one and see if we can interpret the meaning behind it. Some meanings you will have to dig for and some will be more superficial and you will be able to pick up on what the writer is saying. What topics are you interested in? Love, Life philosophy,nature,health,cars,animals? Anything can be a topic for a poem, it all depends on what the writer is feeling.

EXAMPLE: I want to be the one you run to when your world isn't right. I want to be the one you call when you can't sleep at night. Let me be your backbone when you need support. The hope you need when all is lost....

This piece above is an example I was working on. It's not a finished product, some poems take time to take form and others may flow out of you quickly without much thought. It's plain to see what the topic is about. It's about being there for someone and helping them when they may be down and needing a friend or possibly a lover. What was your interpretation? Different people may interpret it in different ways and that's OK. That's the beauty about art there really is no right or wrong answer. It's all about interpretation and expression , you can try an example on your own and see how if feels to play with words and sounds with different meanings. You may also want to try journal writing as a way to practice getting your words out of your system and on to paper.

Some say you have to be born with a poetic soul to write poetry, or maybe you have to be a right brain thinker in order to express this form. It's true right brain people may be more creative but it doesn't mean a left- brain can not right poetry as well. It may take a little more patience,time, and practice but it is possible.Do you think you have the natural ablity to create thought provoking pieces like the greats do? It's always worth a try, just guide yourself with an open mind.


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    • rainpurplewine profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

      @tsadjatko I like the way your flowing, keep going! Let your imagination run with away with it, let your heart soar in the breeze. Let your mind run free while you listen to my melodies! Yes, Let's have fun!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 years ago from now on

      OK, I'll tell you what I know about poems.

      I've been told I am a poet

      But "I" didn't know it

      'Til they told me my feet show it

      They are Longfellows!

      (How am I doing?:-)


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