Writing Tip: Turning Poetry into a Canvas

Photo 9Humans are very visual beings. We often need to see something with our own eyes to believe it. Some of us would prefer to watch a movie, rather than read a book. This makes it difficult for a poet to get his/her work read. A bunch of plain text will most likely be scrolled by on social media, unless you have a fantastic title or opening line. Many poets have used a variety of techniques to make their poetry more appealing and it can be done with some creativity if you have the time.

Concrete Poetry

rumi-789666_960_720A technique where poets create art with words. The poem itself creates the shape of an object or a pattern visually appealing. Poetry can take the form of a tear, a teacup or even letters from the alphabet. Some poets even play with simple words in a variety of ways, to emphasize the meaning of the word itself and call it visual poetry.

Learn more about concrete poetry here: poetrybeyondtext

Changing Fonts and Sizes

Pick up any Dr. Seuss book and you will see playful words. Targeted toward children, but his books have lingered with many adults as well. Putting more emphasis on certain parts of the text by using bold lettering, capitalization and whimsical fonts, his rhythmical lines will surely be passed down to the generations to come. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to channel your inner child with your writing and make it fun to capture attention.

accomplish-1136863_960_720Using a photo

Post a photo with your poetry or paste your poem on a photo for a greater visual effect. Today’s technology makes it easier to do so if you lack Photoshop skills. Use those camera phones to snap random photos of objects, textures, people, and nature, then use apps like Photogrid to place your poem and post directly to social media. Be wary of taking photos from the Internet due to copyright laws. Find royalty free sites, like Pixabay or Corbis instead, and ALWAYS give credit for the photos you use.

Get Artistic

If you have the talent, add a sketch to your photo. Turn those wasted doodles into a backdrop for your poetry. Do it the old-fashioned way with parchment and calligraphy pens if you have that skill. Some may even look at graffiti on a wall as art – so why not create poetry that way on a canvas. Use any artistic gifts you have to make your poetry visually appealing.

Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.

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