How can a person relate to a poem? Is it easier to write a long story instead?

  1. retellect profile image71
    retellectposted 14 years ago

    How can a person relate to a poem? Is it easier to write a long story instead?

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    cwriteposted 14 years ago

    The same elements to write a long story is used when composing poetry. I ask the same essential questions of my poetry and those are the who, what, when, where, and why.

    As to subject matter, to me, it is easier to relate to what I am writing about in poetry as I am able to focus on one theme or story-line.

    For instance: it would be hard to write a full short-story about the tail of one of my cats, but I can take that same cat's tail and create a humorous situation which has the short story beginning, middle, and ending. I can add conflict and resolution. When I write, his tail is constantly switching back and forth across my face. Heaven forbid if I should move him from his favorite spot on the sofa to get him to stop.

    In poetry, you are able to get to the heart of the story quicker.

    I enjoy writing short stories if I want to take my reader more in depth into the minds of my characters, give them more details, and take them on the scenic route of words.

    Express way or scenic route? Either way you are writing.

  3. GusTheRedneck profile image60
    GusTheRedneckposted 14 years ago

    Writing a long story takes a long time Writing a long poem also takes a long time. Both require the writer to consider the whole - the premise - the beginning, the middle, and the end. Both must tie together such that the reader can "see" the story and the sense of what it was that the writer wanted to say.

    Writing a short article or a short poem can be easy provided the writer catches the sense of what is to be said quickly enough and by using words that can best squeeze whole thoughts into a minimum of space (letters). You can write a poem in two words if you want to, and those two words can express a lot of meaning. To wit: Ogden Nash's ditty, "The Rhinocerous" - Line 1 = Rhinocerous, Line 2 = "Prepocerous."  Line 2 was a word that Nash made up as he went along.  Well, you cannot write a whole article, no matter how small, with just two words, but you can do it with a single sentence if you want to.

    Have fun with your writing, long or short, prose or poetry.
    Gus :-)))


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