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  • October 19th, 2010 | 12:33 AM
Poetic words, Poetic forms

So if all writers, novelist and poets, use imagery and metaphor and similes, if we all write with the intent to write beautiful language, is it merely the form that makes a poem a poem?

This is the thought I take with me to ponder in my dreams.
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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October 19th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
I think sometimes, it's about the insight or perspective that a writer can bring to his writing, and how the writer expresses these things. For example, last week I was reading Valerie Worth's poem "dog." You and I both have dogs, and we've both seen the lay-under-the-tree-before-sleep actions they've taken at one time or another. But Valerie actually thought about these actions and recorded them in such a way that the reader is left thinking, "Yes. That's exactly it," or wants to be part of that scene, too.
October 20th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh Jeni, yes, I think that's it too. A poet slows down long enough to really capture that moment and somehow make it universal to everyone who reads it.
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October 20th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. Funny you should mention that book. I picked it up a few weeks ago but haven't read it yet. Maybe I'll bring it with me on the plane.
October 19th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
My dog's a little guy but he doesn't seem to know that. He chases the big ones out of his yard too.

Since not all poems rhyme, does that make a novel a verrrrrrrrrrry long poem?
October 20th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Haha! On the novel being a long poem!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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