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Questions tagged [poetry]

Short form writing, often focused on the aesthetics of words as much as the meaning. This tag should be used for any questions relating to poems, including poetry formatting and technique, poetry critiques, and the publishing of poetry.

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Help finding poem? [migrated]

I'm trying to find a poem. I thought it was a Mary Oliver poem, but I can't find it when searching the few words I know along with her name. The poem talks about a red tide coming in. There is a ...
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how do you get over the fear of exposing yourself in writing?

I really feel like writing, in all its forms, is a very nice way to express myself especially that I'm an introvert but I'm afraid people would know how I think and know my thinking process and label ...
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Everything I write ends up being a rhyming poem, or lyrics maybe

I have been writing for awhile and decided to write a memoir, except I can’t seem to write anything but poetry. However, I don’t know for sure if poetry is the proper term. My work uses cuss words, &...
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How can I learn about syntax from the point of view of a poet?

Are there any resources that teach syntax aimed at creative uses? I find that having words to describe what I'm doing as a poet is very useful, so I want to talk about the different sort of ...
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From where is this poem? [closed]

Hi can someone please tell me from where this poem is and what it's called? The thick dank mists come stealing down, And press me on every side. With never a voice to cheer me on, And never a ...
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Good, authentic, not fake Poetry competitions

I searched a lot on internet for real and good poetry competitions but am not able to find any which I can be sure of as being legitimate. The writing community here may have already taken part in ...
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Are translated Basho poems copyrighted?

I'm wondering if translated works of ancient poems are in the public domain, or if they're copyrighted by the translators. It would seem like if the author on a given work is listed as "Basho", then ...
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Writing a poem in secondary language that has rules for primary language

Haiku is a very short Japanese poem with seventeen syllables and three verses each being of 5,7 and 5 syllables respectively. The Haiku was written primarily in Japanese language and the rules applied ...
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Difference between Writing Song-Lyrics and Writing Poetry

Not sure how to jazz this question up other than to say that I've tried putting my poems to music and found it to be somewhat challenging. Question is then: what's the difference between the ...
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What are the guidelines for writing a poem (or poetry) of witness?

I was given a writing assignment to write a poem of witness, where it describes writing about an issue in society. I'm a bit unsure of how to proceed because the assignment doesn't describe much ...
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Need a bit of verse in my prose

I am an (aspiring) fiction writer. I write prose. However, every so often, I run into a need for poetry. I might need a prophecy, or a ritual blessing, or a character might be serenading another, or ...
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What is a term for groups of stanzas within a poem?

Many free verse poems have "sections" or "divisions" within them that may be numbered or set off by a group of three marks. I'm wondering if there's a term for these sections. In some poems, the ...
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Does visualization form intuitions, or do intuitions lead to visualization? [closed]

When I get an idea from something, it feels like sometimes an abstract, inexplicable intuition leads to a concrete visualization (and a chain of logic), and sometimes it's the visualization and the ...
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Who has laid down the English poetry rules?

I am doing a research, I want to know who has invented the English poetry rules like meters (Iambic, Torchee, ...) and feets; who has discovered that some feet are (Stressed, Unstressed) and others ...
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Is it necessary to write only stories on Wattpad [closed]

I searched on the FAQs on WattPadd, it doesn't mention anything about short writings, or poems, so my question is, Can we write short poems, stories on WattPad apart from their promoted way of ...
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Is Rob Zombie's Red Red Kroovy Trochee style? [closed]

https://genius.com/Rob-zombie-never-gonna-stop- Yeah, I'm on Durango number 95 Take me to the home, kick boots and ultra live See heaven flash a horror show Knock it nice and smooth step back and ...
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Is this line in a song/poem grammatically correct: “But oh how the love, it still wrecks me every time.”? [closed]

Is this line in a song (or might just end up as a poem) grammatically correct: "But oh how the love, it still wrecks me every time." ?? It seems to not be grammatically correct to me, but I just ...
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Role of Audience in poetry [closed]

what's the exact role that audience play or expected to play in field of poetry? This question arises because it's been often said that poems do not have a particular definition, every poet define it ...
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What's next when it comes to poems?

What are the steps that one needs to follow to become a successful poet? Well in my case, I write poems but don't have a wide audience for the feedback. So in this case what should I do? Should I ...
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Art of writing poems? [closed]

What are the paramount factors on which every poem depends? What are the things must for a poem to consist? Despite its source and poet
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Number of syllables per line of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe [closed]

After reading some analysis of "The Raven", I've become confused about how syllables are counted. For example, in the second line: Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore A few ...
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Is there a tool for determining the number of on in a word for the purpose of writing haiku?

In America at least, Haiku are commonly taught to students as poems having 5, 7, then 5 syllables, when in actuality, they have a structure of 5, 7, then 5 on. The NaHaiWriMo site explains what an on ...
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Coincidence of Similarity in Writing

I am a blogger and sometimes I find articles with similar content or an idea coincidentally similar as mine which is not published at the time of reading that similar article but which I have written ...
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Using two-syllable words

Is it ever okay to use two-syllable words as unstressed in a rhyme or poem? e.g. In this sentence using "pigeon" as two unstressed syllables: The śmall pigeon rán to the édge of the fórest I ...
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What does it mean to be (or not to be) a workshop poet?

I read a brief review of Lucie Brock-Broido's Master Letters in which the reviewer comments that Broido is "not a workshop poet." I've heard professors make similar comments about other people's work, ...
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What is it called when poets changing grammar rules?

I noticed it in many poems that the verses do not contain words according to proper grammar rules. I was told that poets are allowed to do that to incorporate the rhyming words. For example, in the ...
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Right to published deceased mother's poetry

My mother gave me a collection of her poems. She is now deceased. She always wanted to be published. She never copyrighted her work. Her surviving spouse and my brother have no issue with me doing ...
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Why are words like In stressed sometimes and not others?

A poem I am scanning has the word "in" stressed at one point in the poem, but just a few lines below it the "in" is not stressed. Is this because the poet sees it as said differently, with different ...
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Can i write a poetic book rhyming on every statement?

How can i write a poetic book rhyming on every sentence, without making it boring. If its not possible then how can i work around the idea?
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Can I go to a poetry publisher with samples and be taken seriously if I have not had individual poems published?

I want to publish a poery collection. Feedback via Facebook, from people who know me and some that don't say the work is good. Can I go straight to a publisher with samples of the work and hope to be ...
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How do I write a good haiku poem?

Here is my haiku I wrote it for this question Is it any good? I understand the mechanical basics of a haiku being the three line syllable pattern of 5-7-5, the contrast of two images with a "cutting ...
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Where can i correct my work for clarity and grammar issues? [closed]

Our eyes are mysterious; driven lenses, full of exposure. The moonlight stood still in the face of adaptation. Looking forward, i saw growth. Her eyes were dull. Iris, like the flower. Her mustard ...
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What makes a poem a poem?

Warning: long question. To start it off lightheartedly, here is the topic as doggerel. There are plenty of questions with titles like these: "What is this form?" — "Can I do this in poems?" — "How ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com benefecial for poets and writers?

I've found this website and could see huge number of poets and poetesses in it. Does anybody know about it? I would like to know more about this website.
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seeking attribution for mystery verses

This is going to sound quite odd but I understand it is not an entirely original phenomenon. I am incorporating poems I have written into a novel. One poem in particular features four lines the ...
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Copyright Lyrics to Songs

I have written lyrics to which I would like to have music put to. What's the safest and most advantageous way to copyright the lyrics?
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How many poems are in an average book of poems?

I am thinking of making a book of poetry and was wondering how many poems do I need?
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Is using syllables the generally accepted 'proper' way to write English haiku or tanka?

In Japanese poetry like haiku or tanka, the form is based on the number of 'on' units per segment. I know that most people who use the format in English usually use syllables, though I've never ...
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How and where to publish my first poem / story? [duplicate]

I have written poems and short stories and want to publish somewhere. but I am not aware about how to publish it so that it can reach to max people. Please suggest a way to do so. thanks.!
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Should I punctuate my poems

Most poetry I have seen, especially free-form, is written in broken lines. These lines them run into other lines and so not have any punctuation. Some have explained this using enjambment. Where I ...
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What should be covered in a poetry workshop?

I may take on the task of leading a one session (2 hour maximum) workshop on poetry. What would be the most important aspects that should be covered in such a workshop? I would assume that most folks ...
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How to show that one long line of poetry is only one line

If I'm writing the following clerihew resume where I'm constrained to 40 characters per line. +----------------------------------------+ |Peter Turner | |code burner ...
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Tips for writing poetry in forms

I've written poetry for a long time, but most of it is free verse. Sometimes I want to experiment with forms (sonnets, villanelles, etc.). Are there any suggestions for working with the more formal ...
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Citing a Poem in APA

I'm having trouble finding any reputable source online that indicates how to cite a poem in APA, and I don't have access to a physical copy of the APA manual right now. Does anyone know how to cite a ...
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Any good online writing courses?

I'm looking for a good online creative writing course to take. I want it to be less than 100 dollars (free would be wonderful), and that can be done for high school credits. I live in Alberta, Canada ...
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How to seek an audience? [closed]

I write mainly short stories and poetry, and am unsure of what social media platform will garner more attention to this type of writing. Is there a tried and true social media that will get me more ...
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Is there a technical term for a rhyme using both the end of one sentence, and the beginning of the next?

Is there a word for when the last word of a line is the first word of a sentence, which creates a rhyme when combined with the preceding word? That might not be clear on its own; this excerpt from "...
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A ballad or prose? [closed]

I am now planning to start with the third chapter of my novel. I got an interesting idea to write it as a ballad. But I am much better with prose. Will I better off if I continue writing prose or ...
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How to collaborate on/ create a poetry and prose anthology

I’m an Admin for a Facebook group of poetry and prose writers (mainly Dutch), with about 5,000 very active and talented members. I’m thinking about creating a book with some of the members where each ...
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What's the name of this poetic form?

Is there a general name for poetic forms that consist entirely of pairs of rhymed lines, i.e. where the rhyme scheme goes aabbccdd..., and the rhyming lines do not necessarily have the same meter. ...