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"There are but three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the warrior, and the poet. To know, to kill, and to create."
-- Ch. Baudelaire

Form, Content and Style: The Poetic Triangle

Writing a poem is like casting a bronze statue:

Form is the mold.
Content is the molten metal. 
Style is the embellishments and details in the mold, that make a piece unique.

Beauty is the resulting cast.

Getting started

 

Know your audience

Seek inspiration

See similar poems - especially if youre no native speaker. read classical poems !! to perceive the scope, analyze them !

Notebook

"Hit" vs. "Under Construction"

Online Rhyming Help

Structure

 

1. Rhythm

2. Verse 

Free Verse. However, writing a prose text and randomly ... does usually not create a poem ! While free verse is a great form in its own right, many nowadays use it as an excuse for avoiding the work of putting their first draft into a proper form. This often results in a great idea expressed with poor means. 

Suiting the form to the occasion (humourous, elegic..)

3. Stanza

Shadowpoetry types of poetry

Ship of Fools poetry tips

Orca´s Poetry Pointers

 

Sound

 

1. Rhyme

2. Alliteration

3. Assonance

 

Gimmicks

 

Metaphor, Simile

Contrast

Onomatopoesis - do it with assonance

Oxymoron

Pleonasm

Tautology

 

The Plot

 

Perspective (I/we, he/they, it)

(Interior) Monologue / Dialogue

Again: Simile and Contrast

Ballad

Song/Lyrics, Chant

Prayer, Invocation

Building up Tension or How To Keep `Em Reading

Curiosity

Lenghth

 

Fine-Tuning

Check and recheck the above. let it mature. ponder alternatives.

Read it aloud sing it. try to read it as though you didnt know it.

Info per verse Weed words without info

Show it to others, accept Critique, poetry forums

 

Links to Books /Sites about techniques