Category Archives: Poetry

Anatomy of an edit: Less might not be more, but sometimes it’s better

This week’s Flash Friday prompt inspiration was “Pilgrim’s Progress” and the Elements that were given almost wrote the story in my head… only with 100 words +/- 1.. I had my work cut out for me. The first draft started out nicely: Good … Continue reading

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Poetry Workshop or… Mary Tries to Write a Sonnet

What happens when a non rhyming free-form poet tries to write a sonnet?  Why, we end up with a blog post of course.  So, in keeping with my anatomy of a story series here’s one I like to call… Mary tries … Continue reading

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Poetry Part 2: Rhyme and meter aka Rhythm and Rhyme

Words have rhythm when spoken and when we’re rhyming it’s not always the last syllable that makes the rhyme work.   Eons ago, when I was working on a solo for ‘State Solo and Ensemble Festival’ my flute teacher talked … Continue reading

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Poetry Part 2: Rhyme in the grand scale of things

Rhyme is a tricky element of poetry.  Rhyming dictionaries abound, but there’s more to rhyme then well… rhyming. Getting things to rhyme is easy… until it isn’t.  Sometimes the best word isn’t one that rhymes and you have to make … Continue reading

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Poetry Part 2: Is there poetry without rhythm?

The answer, in my not so humble opinion, is yes… and no. Rhythm is in everything we do.  It is the tick of the clock, the movement of the pendulum, the very beat of our hearts is rhythmic.  Rhythm can … Continue reading

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FlashFriday Flash-Versary

This week, FlashFriday (FlashFriday@wordpress.com) is doing something different – a special celebration of their first annivesary, their flashversary… 350  words (exactly ) and the prompt was posted on Monday.   I thought this would be so much easier: one story, … Continue reading

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Poetry Part 2 – Overview

In part 1, we discussed the basic building blocks of poetry, rhythm emotion and meaning and their relationship to words, but now its time to talk to their relationship to each other. How does rhythm convey emotions? How do emotions … Continue reading

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