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Writing Poetry

For budding poets and old timers, articles about writing poetry.

Cats as Metaphors star
Cats can be useful metaphors in poetry.

Change Your Mind star
Keeping everything the same is boring. Change is good for your brain. Change the way you write, read, and think about poetry after reading this article.

Choosing a Title for your Poem star
The first thing any reader sees of your poem is the title. Make sure it´s a good one!

Creative Methods and Techniques for Poetry star
When inspiration seems lacking, try these alternative exercises to rekindle your inner muse.

Deaf Poetry- an oxymoron? star
A look at a portion of "The Mute´s Lament" by Deaf poet, John Carlin.

Death and Poetry star
Death is a common theme in poetry. John Donne and Adelaide Crapsey deliver poems of rebellion against death.

Dedicating poetry to others star
Poetry is a very personal form of putting emotions on paper and is very healing in nature. Because of this, many poems are written in dedication to individuals. Lets look at these types of poems and an example: "Dad´s Alzheimer´s- Dedicated to Claus"

Dogs in Poetry star
As an important part of many people´s lives, dogs hold a unique place in poetry.

Edit Your Poetry star
Some tips on the process of editing your own poetry.

Ekphrastic Poetry star
Using poetry to understand art.

Figures of Speech - Metonymy and Synecdoche star
Two of the most troublesome figures of speech to keep straight - metonymy and synecdoche - and how to differentiate successfully between the two.

Find Poetry in the World Around You star
Moving beyond simple definitions of poetry to understand its essence, and where it can be found.

Halloween Poetry star
A short selection of ghoulish and ghastly poems great for Halloween.

How to Interpret a Poem star
Does the task of interpreting a poem seem daunting? Interpreting poems need never be arduous work. It can actually be a very fun exercise.

How to Self-Publish Your Poetry star
An insight into the murky world of self-publishing your own works.

Invocation of the Muse star
Invoking the Muse was common practice among the classical poets to assuage writers block and lend inspiration to every creative endevour.

Limerick Fun star
In celebration of Irish festivities in March, a look at the mechanics of writing a limerick.

Onomatopoeia star
An introduction to the why's and how's of using onomatopoeia in poetry.

Overcoming Writer´s Block star
The best of us can get frustrated with writing poetry. William Shakespeare lamented his inability to change styles in his 76th Sonnet.

Poetry in the Brain star
Exploring how the right and left hemispheres of the brain must work together to create poetry.

Poetry´s Two Whys star
When it comes to poetry, both poets and readers must ask themselves "Why?"

Principles of Analyzing Sound in Poetry star
Poets choose words carefully for their sounds. Learn how to identify and interpret the role of sound in poetry.

Repetition in Poetry star
The importance and purpose of repetition within poetry.

Science Fiction Poetry star
Science fiction- not just for novels.

Seasonal Poems - Autumn star
Writing poetry about autumn, with inspiration from several poets.

Ten Places to Publish Poetry for Profit star
Every budding poet wants to turn their hobby into profit. Here are ten places you can publish your poetry that pay.

Terza Rima star
A definition and example of the Italian poetic structure, Terza Rima.

Thanksgiving Poetry star
Some fun ideas for poems for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 6 Don´ts of Writing Poetry star
Avoid these 6 common mistakes to improve the quality of your poetry.

The Function of Line in Poetry star
How do poets decide when to “turn” a line, to begin a new line instead of continuing on the same one? Sometimes, the line breaks in a poem are dictated by a strict meter or rhyme scheme–but more often today, it is the poet who uses his or her license to choose to break a line of poetry.

The History of the Limerick star
Limericks are one of the most popular forms of poetry quoted today. Learn more about this traditional (and often bawdy) poetic form.

Using Imagery in Poetry star
Imagery is a powerful tool used in poetry that will allow the reader to experience the poem through their senses.

Using Simile and Metaphor star
Do you simply read poetry? Or do you experience it! Similes and Metaphors create mental comparisons that bring a deeper dimension to writing.

Who is the Speaker of a Poem? star
Just because a poem uses the word “I” doesn’t mean that it’s the poet herself speaking. Learn why it makes a difference.

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