Is your writing stale? Does it need a jolt of energy? Maybe it is time to get out of that comfort zone and experiment with all aspects of poetry. There are a plethora of poetry forms and styles to play with. Poetryfoundation.org has a tremendous list, with a descriptive glossary of each. So grind those pencils, pull out a napkin, coffee filter, or anything else you can write on, and get ready to brew some poetry. Give your words a dose of caffeine to perk those poems up.
Blend ACROSTIC with CONCRETE poetry. Let them tango with a twist. Pick your words, shape them, and create a canvas engraved with the tale of two lovers in bliss.
Let ALLITERATION be a permanent affliction into an EPITAPH. It would be a dreary waltz of words woven into whispers where the dead lie. Unpleasantly haunting are the harrowing poems hovering above the graves of heathen and heavenly souls, etched onto tombstones.
You can’t SLAM? Well how about infusing INTERNAL RHYME with a LYRICAL jam? Let those words within the same line sing and swing. Tap your feet; snap your fingers as you write to the beat. Release the words deep from your soul; press that pen to paper extraordinarily bold.
Don’t let your readers weep or fall into a deep sleep. Revive them again, with a salsa of ASSONANCE and REFRAIN. Give them robust sounds from the street, let the lines repeat – and repeat – don’t let your readers weep, or fall into a deep sleep.
Poetry is an ever evolving art. The greatest of poets experimented with the changing times, often to appeal to a wider audience and to revive poetry. So don’t be afraid take a chance and let those poems dance. You might just be the next trend in the evolution of the written word.
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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