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Keeping a Journal

As well as using your journal has a ‘therapist’, who listens without judgment to your thoughts, it is useful for your writing too. With regard to poetry, keeping a journal can help you catalogue striking images and thoughts as they occur to you throughout your day. It is a good idea to get into theContinue reading “Keeping a Journal”

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Visual Poetry

What is ‘Visual’ poetry (sometimes referred to as concrete poetry) it is written to resemble a shape usually reflecting the subject of the poem. So in visual poetry the art is in the visual arrangement of text, images or symbols. George Starbuck’s poem: ‘Sonnet in the Shape Of A Potted Christmas Tree’ is a perfectContinue reading “Visual Poetry”

Nonsense Poetry

Following on from yesterday’s comic theme, let’s discuss nonsense poems, well they do what they say ‘on the tin’ – don’t always make sense sometimes they have made up words to describe things, or just to make a nice sound. Nonsense poems, often use made up words, mixed up with real words – they areContinue reading “Nonsense Poetry”

Comic Verse

Humorous verse usually presents extraordinary or fantastical situations for entertainment, often focussing on the way words sound. There are no fixed rules around it either in the rhyme or rhythm but hopefully it sounds good when read out loud! The one below, is by one of favourite comedians and writers Spike Milligan (1918–2002), it hasContinue reading “Comic Verse”

Art of Editing

It was no accident that the ancient Greeks and Romans used wax tablets for writing: the tablet was made of wood and covered with a layer of wax, writing on the surface was performed with a pointed instrument, a stylus – words we are familiar with today! The entire tablet could be erased by heatingContinue reading “Art of Editing”

Inspiring Images

Yesterday we looked at inspiration from our dreams today is a little more tangible, what do the images below say to you, spend a few minutes concentrating on the lovely pictures (courtesy of hello@omycotton.com) and then pick up your pen and write….maybe a story or a beautiful poem – you decide – (my contribution isContinue reading “Inspiring Images”

Dreams as Inspiration

In 1996 psychiatrist, Ernest Hartmann wrote that dreams are explanatory metaphors in mostly visual form: “The dream pictures metaphorically the overall state – especially the emotional state – of the dreamer….‘I am drowning in a tidal wave’ is a metaphorical description for the emotional state of the dreamer involving terror and vulnerability.” Elements of ourContinue reading “Dreams as Inspiration”

Song & Rhyme Poetry

Yesterday I talked about rhyming poetry which can be challenging, but they’re still fun to write. Rhyming is good practice for exploring musicality in language and experimenting with word play. Let’s Get creative: For this exercise you just need a song — a simple rhythmic and rhyming song, a short pop song will work well.Continue reading “Song & Rhyme Poetry”

Rhymed Poetry

Poetry is an art form and in contrast to blank verse, rhymed poems rhyme by definition, Couplet-based poetry contains pairs of rhyming lines. If you’ve ever read Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss, you are familiar with the couplet – two lines of verse that follow one another and are connected by rhythm and rhyme. They makeContinue reading “Rhymed Poetry”

Creative Wordplay

Charles Dickens invented the word ‘boredom’ and William Shakespeare gave us ‘bandit’ and gossip, along with over 1,700 other words that previously didn’t exist in the English vocabulary! So writers have a long history of inventing new words, it happens when we encounter a concept and have no way of expressing it. Poets also lookContinue reading “Creative Wordplay”