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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Paragraph break in poetry

I am translating an essay on translation of poetry. In this bit: Allegria di naufragi (Joy of Shipwrecks, 1919), established what remains for many people the quintessential Ungaretti poem: short lines,...
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Are there any strict requirements for classifying a rhyming word?

I'm trying to write a yadu: Nude, tall and blue, Yellow's new love, ... Here, I'm trying to create a rhyme for the word blue with the word new but I'm wondering if the lack of the L sound in new ...
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Is a reference to the seasons required when writing a yadu?

I’m learning about different rhyming schemes and forms of poetry from around the world, and one that intrigues me a lot right now is the yadu: The yadu is a Burmese climbing-rhyme verse. Each of the ...
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A word for "Poetic Sentence"

(Sorry for any English mistakes) I'm looking for a word or poetry genre to describe short free-form lyrical and poetic sentence / verse / paragraph. Something like "free form Haiku", but ...
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How long does a poetry book have to be?

I'm currently working on a poetry book which is meant to be short in length. However, taking into account that each poem occupies approximately two pages in a common format for a medium-size book (A5)....
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How do you preserve emotions in a poem?

I am just another person who writes poems to vent out emotions. I discovered that the amount of emotions that I feel my poem has during the time of writing, slowly evaporates away. When I re-read it ...
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Are real English words trivial to poetic language? [closed]

I have been writing poetry for a short time now, and many times I had the urge to use a word that isn't in the English language, but expresses my feelings in the clearest way.
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How do you write a poem where plain descriptions later are proven to be plainly wrong?

The land was unsullied Green grass to the horizon Teeming with life ... The land was sullied Green grass no more There is only death Sorry for this extremely simple example, but I am wondering how ...
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What are the 15 possible rhyme schemes for a Quatrain?

Wikipedia says that for a Quatrain there are fifteen possible rhyme schemes. What are these? I cannot find a full list anywhere.
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What to focus on while writing haiku?

I started writing haiku as a hobby. What techniques can help with writing this particular form? What should I focus on? A few examples of my haiku: "Mountain" Mountains under snow Cold air ...
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Are plural form of a noun considered to be a weak rhymes?

Are plural form of a noun considered to be a weak verb? Let's say you use "lions" and then use the same word in singular "lion", are these two considered to be weak rhymes or not ...
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What are different techniques used to change the structure of a poem aside inversion?

What are different techniques used to change the structure of a poem aside inversion? I know you can change the word order with inversion, but I am wondering if there are other techniques to change ...
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Can you use the landscape and personification to imply what a person is thinking?

Can you use the landscape and personification to imply what a person is thinking? Example: The forest thought that these branches could be good for hanging myself (suicide). Is this a valid figure ...
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What type of rhetorical figure is this?

What type of figure of speech/rhetorical figure are the following: “You are dearer to me than myself, as you yourself can see.” (Bob Dylan) “Them I will forget, but you I’ll remember always.” (Bob ...
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Is it bad practice to start a line with 'of'?

I have written a poem in which several lines begin with the word "of": The men and women Of the United States Who sang and danced along The music that echoed in the night Were drunk with ...
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What is this line's meter?

Pardon the stupid question... Does the line below have a standard/classic (accentual) meter, and if so what is it called? NASty ASpect, inCURable MUG
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How do you use interjections effectively in poetry?

How do you use interjections effectively in poetry? I am wondering when and where you can use the interjection O. One thing I noticed is that O is often optional, and is used when we refer to a person ...
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Term to describe where the first word of a sentence rhymes with the last word of the same sentence?

Is there an official term to describe a rhyming technique where the first word of a sentence rhymes with the last word of the same sentence? For example, lines such as Brian almost got eaten by a ...
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How do you say that a land is desolate without telling it literally in a poem?

Show don't tell is what people say poet advise you to do, but how can you say that a land is desolate without using the word desolate, lonely or any synonym? Is there a way to do this?
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Using an em dash in a sentence spanning over multiple lines

When using em dash in a sentence that runs to multiple lines, especially in poetry, can it be the last word of the continuous sentence? For example, let us consider the following Wordsworth poetry. (I ...
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Using em dash in a sentence spanning over multiple lines [duplicate]

When using em dash in a sentence which runs to multiple lines, especially in poetry, can it be the last word of the continuous sentence? For example, let us consider the following Wordsworth poetry. ...
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Knot Theory and Creative Writing

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Writing and an M.S. Student in Mathematics. I'm writing my master's thesis on knot theory and trying to tie in applications to creative writing. Has anyone come ...
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How do you integrate numerology in poetry?

How do you integrate numerology in poetry? I was thinking of using numbers in the first four verses. For example, write a poem about war and make sure that the first four numbers matches the year ...
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How do we count syllable at the end of a line when there's a comma?

I am an able-bodied person and she is a horse, 15 A big blue horse, a really big horse, 12 Like the one we see in movies. 8 I am wondering if it should be 14, 11 and 8, because we usually pause at ...
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Is there a name for a poem with rhyme scheme ABABCB?

I have just started writing a new poem, and I am thinking about rhyme schemes. The one that jumps out to me looking at the few lines I have already written is: ABABCB CDCDED... (in dactylic dimeter, ...
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How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? [closed]

How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? I am thinking of using metaphors such as broken mirror and distorted reflections, but more specifically is there ...
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Quoting another poem in your own

I wanted to intentionally reference a famous Dylan Thomas poem in a poem of my own. I wondered whether there is a convention for how to do this or if it is 'allowed' at all.
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Is there any word or phrases that can replace greed and greedy? [closed]

Apparently, greed and greedy are weak words in poetry, so you can't use them, but what other words would you use? The pirate greed for their gold. And the adventurers are greedy In their quests for ...
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One liners in poems and ways of creating variations

I usually like to write one-liners when I can't think of anything particularly good to write. These one-liners are somewhat independent sentences that are written in a single verse. Here's an example: ...
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Software for Typing Scanscion [duplicate]

Is there software specially designed for typing scanscion symbols synced with the words below them? In Word for example, inserting a 2 x 1 matrix , and increasing the column incrementally for each ...
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Can we omit "the" in poems even if it makes the sentence nonsensical?

Can we omit "the" in poems even if it makes the sentence nonsensical? For example: They remembered the taste of fruits they enjoy. instead of: They remembered the taste of the fruits they ...
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How can you express sadness without using any word non-figuratively related to sadness?

How can you express sadness without using any word non-figuratively related to sadness? I have been told that in poetry you need to "Show, but not tell" instead of saying thing literally, so I am ...
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Can anyone tell me what literary device defines the following poem? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what literary device defines the following poem? I need to categorize this poem. COVID-19 You will Never Own My Morale By Adrian D'Costa COVID-19. You, despicable virus. ...
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Using colors as words

He was clad with white and silver bracelets. Can we use colors such as white and use them as a substitute for other words like "white clothes"? He was clad with white linen and silver bracelets. ...
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examples of different metrical feet/accents (scansion)

I enjoy writing poetry in strict meter (example: iambic pentameter), but I keep running into an issue with word choice. I lack a reference for words and the way they are accented. I am wondering if ...
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Living your emotions versus writing them into a poem

When I wrote my first poem, I was very excited about it, and proud, and shared it among all my friends. However, now I don't often want to write about my feelings and experiences, and when I do, I'm ...
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How to Attribute Poem (written by someone else) in Novel

I am writing historical fiction. I am contemplating my character to compose a poem that was actually composed by someone in India, likely 1950s. This poet passed away in 2005. How to attribute this ...
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Republishing a poem from a lost journal

I am not a professional poet. A few years a poem of mine was published and reviewed by the South Asian Ensemble journal. This journal no longer exists, I cannot find it online and neither in print. I ...
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Describe the combination of eye shadow and tear [closed]

In this picture, the woman's tear has turned black because it was mixed with her eye shadow. How would you describe it in a dramatic way?
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Create Character that Use's Real-Life Poet's Work

I am attempting to write novel. Character is loosely based on real-life Poet who lived and died in foreign country (b. 1919, d. 2005). I would like this Character to create same poem this real-life ...
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Is it acceptable to render poems embedded in prose in two columns?

I am working on a book is going through the typesetting stage for self-publishing. In order to keep page count down, is it acceptable to typeset poetry with about a dozen of stanzas in more than one ...
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How to find an editor to my poems?

I have written some poems, is there a way to get them edited before I send them to publish. What services can be preferred for editing by a Publishing Company?
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Where should question marks be put in fragmented lines of poems?

For example, in the lines: Say what good really is a life, When so thoroughly deprived of joy Is my restless mind, Hurting constantly, in a dreadful strife? When it needs so many lies, ...
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Is there a name for the technique in songs/poems, where the rhyming pattern primes the listener for a certain line, which never comes?

Usually used for comedic purposes, for example in Shrek: Welcome to Duloc, such a perfect town Here we have some rules, let us lay them down Don't make waves, stay in line and we'll ...
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How to display a duet in lyrics?

I wonder if someone can tell me whether there is a convention when laying out a lyric to show different parts (or even a chorus). In my novel, there are a number of poems and lyrics. They are set in ...
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What's the best way to publish a small anthology of poetry? [duplicate]

As the title said I'm seeking advice for publishing a small anthology of poetry. I have 28 poems and may possibly be adding somewhere between 3-9 more (for a grand total of 31-37). I personally know ...
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Using “sparkling” as a diminutive of “spark” in a poem

How would you react if you saw the word “sparkling” being used as a diminutive of “spark” in a poem? Although poetry does allow for potentially unlimited flexibility, as a non-native speaker I wonder ...
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Revision secrets for keeping the meter and improving the beat

I sometimes write poetry. The creative process for the first draft can be summarized in these steps: I first choose a global structure (e.g. a ballad, a sonnet, a free-stanza-but-fixed-verse, etc...);...
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Are these marketing hacks good for poetry websites?

I've got a couple of poetry websites and I would like to bring more traffic to them. I have been thinking about exchanging links with other websites, for instance literary websites. Are there other ...
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Are there specific rules about caesura that restrict us where we can place them?

A caesura is a slight pause that's important in poetry, because for example alexandrines require a caesura in the middle. But the question is where can we put them. I know that we tend to put them ...

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