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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April: Your Poetic Style

Connor, Tony and Vanessa all tell their stories with signature poetic styles. Have you ever expressed your feelings through poetry? What's your poetic style?




17 comments:

Diana Dang said...

I am not a poetic person. When expressing my feelings, I tend to rant them out onto my journal. Or with friends.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I do love writing poetry. I think my favorite is simply free verse though. I'm no the best with rhyming things, and I'd rather just write it all out and have it flow in some way...and some things do or will rhyme and that's cool a times.

-Lauren

Melissa Walker said...

I used to write these terrible poems that started with, "Sadness is..." or "Anger is..." and then I'd make a list of things going on in my life. So I'd say list poetry is my form.

Little Willow said...

I do. I tend to write songs - music and lyrics come to me easily, together, automatically, most of the time - but I do also write poems. I'm a fan of rhymes and sensible meter, powerful words and strong word choices.

Ellen Hopkins said...

I write all kinds of poetry. Sometimes I'll mess around with formal poetry (always good to know the rules before you break them), but it feels too confined to me. I write lyric poetry, too. You can find it on my website. I would call the poetic style in my books narrative verse, and it must be to sustain a story for 600 pages. I'm not personally a fan of rhyme and meter because often the rhyme or meter or both feel forced. Interior and slant rhyme speaks to me, however.

Erin said...

I write quite a lot of poetry...free verse stuff. :)

JenFW said...

Snappy or biting rhyme, depending on the mood, with not-always-sensible meter. I'm a big fan of the iamb, though, and love stringing a bunch together.

Word play is always a factor.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

I loved how Ellen used slightly different formats for each character. It helped keep them separate during the reading!

I pour all my processed emotions into my verse novels!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

I love the term narrative verse, Ellen. Perfect!

Polo.Pony said...

I don't really write much poetry. The only times that I really do, are for school. Sometimes I can come up with some neat stuff, but I find it more difficult than writing a regular formed story or essay. kudos to authors who write young adult books in verse!

Paradox said...

I don't really write much poetry. If I write it just for fun or to express some emotion, it's usually free verse or a haiku. I'm too lazy to write a very structured poem.

Silence is Golden, But Ducktape is Silver said...

Haha, I do write a lot of poetry. Most of the time it is way much easier to mask all the feelings I have with poetry and send it out into the world.

Its like a cryptic version of my life.

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holly cupala said...

Poetry is fascinating and mystifying to me, even more so as novels. To capture such vivid emotions with so few words! Truly a gift. It's exciting to see the proliferation of verse novels.

I wouldn't consider myself a poet, though I've written some poetry and hope that my writing has a poetry within the prose.

Dia Calhoun said...

I love to write in free verse--just finished my first verse novel in fact and found it very freeing.

Llehn said...

I can't write poetry to save my life but I have got a good ear for rhythm.

Lesley

Alex said...

I'm not a poetic person either. I lack the rhythm in my head to make words flow that evenly.

I tend to just write random thoughts and emotions and string them together into a semi-coherent sentence or paragraph.

Curing My Hysteria said...

I guess I'd consider my style to be just free verse, because when I do write poetry, it's a ranting, spur-of-the-moment type thing, I don't think about it, so I don't think about rhyming or syllables.