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A Pinch of Poetry

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A poet must choose his words for sound as well as meaning. You could call it verbal music. When you compose music, …

October 12, 2017

What is blank verse? Blank verse doesn’t recognize a rhyme scheme but it does adhere to a developed metrical pattern called iambic …

August 5, 2017

The Bible is the perfect place to learn poetry. Hebrew poetry makes up approximately one-half (depending on the translation) of the …

November 11, 2016

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word go truth. …

October 11, 2016

The term poetry comes from the medieval Latin poetia, from Latin  poeta ‘poet’. It usually refers to the written expression of …

September 13, 2016

Today we are going to look at another short form of Japanese poetry known as tanka. The short form of this poetry, …

August 31, 2016

We’re going to explore a very short Japanese form of poetry known as haiku. This type of poem reflects a simpler side of Japanese …

July 15, 2016

Are you interested in trying to write poetry for the first time? Or maybe you’ve been writing poetry but haven’t totally committed yourself …

June 5, 2016

How you create sound in your poetry will make it bloom or wilt. The whole purpose of a poem is to artistically …

May 5, 2016

In honor of National Poetry Month (April), I thought we could take a few moments to explore writing a poem today. Not …

April 5, 2016

One unique attribute of poetry is the way it sounds. Using special techniques, such as alliteration, can bring your poems to life and add musical beauty. …

March 5, 2016

I fell in love with Langston Hughes’ poetry when only a teenager in high school. Still today, I enjoy reading and re-reading …

February 5, 2016

Many people are discouraged from enjoying poetry because they claim it’s too difficult. Trust me. I’ve had those moments when faced with …

January 6, 2016

Since there is not a high demand for poetry in the publishing industry, one way to get your poems out there is …

December 16, 2015

I don’t know about you, but once in awhile my poetry springs from the oddest of inspirations. Not too long ago I …

November 7, 2015

Simplicity is extremely valuable when it comes to communicating through poetry. I’ve always wanted my poems to positively impact the reader rather …

October 18, 2015

One of my goals as a poet is to make poetry practical and less intimidating for writers while respecting it as an …

September 6, 2015

Have you ever struggled with blank page disorder?  I have.  Most writers face this issue at one time or another. Sometimes we just need …

August 15, 2015

Teachers of literature typically define poetry as anything other than prose. Even though this definition is true, it’s vague at best. Poetry has …

July 18, 2015

In my opinion, poetry is the high art form of all writing. Crafting a meaningful poem can’t be done by anyone, but …

June 20, 2015
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