Day 177: (Let’s Get Technical) The Fundamentals For Creating Effective Pieces of Poetry

There is much more to writing a poem than simply sitting down and writing a poem.  It takes practice in the development of a number of steps.

  • The writer needs to get in touch with his or her own emotions through asking oneself what he or she is feeling at the given moment in time.
  • The writer must close his or her own eyes, and imagine the color of his or her own emotions.
  • Make a note of the color
  • Imagine what the shape of the emotion looks like. For instance, is the emotion one is feeling burning out of control like a blazing fire.  Perhaps the feeling is a whirlwind spiraling upward, and destroying everything in it’s path.  Or perhaps there is a musicality to one’s emotion like a bubbling brook.
  • Use one’s emotion’s to create imagery within the given piece.
  • It’s important to include elements of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, foot meter, and iambic pentameter.
  • Perhaps include some rhyme, although it isn’t necessary to always do so.
  • Depending on the type of poetry one wants to compose, he may choose to write Tonka, Haiku, an Elizabethan sonnet, Limerick or Freestyle.
  • An Elizabethan Sonnet consists of 14 lines with the formula of ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG rhyme scheme.
  • Tonka has a formula consisting of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. This means there are five beats in lines one and three.  Lines 2, 4, and 5 have seven beats.
  • Haiku has a formula consisting of 5, 7, 5. Lines 1 and 3 have five beats, and line two has seven beats.
  • It’s important a writer establishes an emotional connection with the audience through allowing the readers to experience the given piece of writing utilizing all of the senses.
  • A good example for making an emotional connection with one’s reader would be to use vivid descriptions filled with colors appealing to the senses, such as if I were to say “The flames grew hotter and hotter as I sat alongside the road watching my car burn. Next to me was my brother who lay motionless on the ground, as I struggled to breathe life back into him.  The smoky air took hold of my lungs, causing me to choke and cough.
  • It in above example, I used vivid imagery and details drawing the reader into the scenario, allowing him or her to experience the world through the eyes of the narrator. In doing so, I allow the reader to crawl into the very core of the narrator’s being, to not only see the world through his or her eyes, but to live and breath through the narrator.
  • Through drawing the readers into the world of the narrator, I enable them to care about the characters within the given piece of writing.
  • It’s important for the writer to bring the world’s he or she writes about to life through creating them in 3D.
  • Characters can be created in 3D through allowing the readers to crawl into the very core of the character’s being, allowing them to feel not only for the character, but empathize with the given characters within a given piece of writing.

© Copyright, Kiki Stamatiou, 2015

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