I have found myself I a position where I need to write a poem. I used to write poetry when I was in highschool (the horrendously bad stuff, mind you), and was of the very stuff opinion that a poem must be written when the emotion grips you and must not be touched after. However, some ten years down the line I find myself involved in a poem and abandoning this belief - and I have no idea how to edit a poem!
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That's a good way of putting it. I work in a writing center as a reader/tutor, and I hear sometimes we have people bring in their poetry, and trying to help them revise is something that scares me since I believe it is a representation of a moment
The theme should of course remain untouched! I remember reading in years past of poets who would painstakingly take hours to produce a line or even a couple of words. That baffles me!
I keep a journal with me and write it down as it comes to me. It could be hours or days but I do not sit and worry over it. Something may come while I am writing an article. I simply jot it in the poem journal and return to what I was doing.
I certainly made the effort to read some other poems before even composing my poem. Poems are tricky beings! The idea of this particular one was to mimic the Romantic Era style - flower and imagination.
Diane Lee, I agree that rhythm can create a flow within a piece of written work; whether poetry or prose. But breaking rhythm can actually cause the mind to stop and appreciate the impact of a new though.
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Doesn't sound arrogant at all! I like the idea of getting the emotions and "moment" out there, and then applying, as you put it, "science and mathematics" later. I think for me the form was the hardest part to design.
ThompsonPen, I agree with what you say and also, thank you for dismissing my apology concerning my arrogance. I also agree, strongly, with the challenges that form presents.
I have a friend who is convinced that a poem should have neither more than