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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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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I used to write poems. but i don't know how can we publish our hindi poem in India? [closed]

I used to write poems in Hindi but i don't know the way to publish them in India. Many times i tried on google or my local publisher but they do ask me to give them content.
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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. ...
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Self publishing a collection of poems

I have written four poems and will keep writing more. How many should I put under one collection, and around how many pages should it be? Any ideas on how I should go about the self publication ...
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Having a character quote an entire stanza of a poem

I am working on a long form fiction item. In this one of the characters will quote the first stanza from a poem. Normally with speech, one opens quotes, adds the text, and closes quotes. However I do ...
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What is a ballad?

I've always wanted to write poetry, and I tried my hand at a ballad today. However, I know very little about the technicalities of poetry, and the explanations of iambic meter and structure of the ...
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Having poems published in magazines/journals Vs. Posting them online for free?

Until now I have written just 2 poems. I was looking around to have my poems published. From past few days, I am looking for magazines/journals that pay and accept online submissions. After having ...
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Writing song lyrics [closed]

I find writing song lyrics really difficult -- maintaining a regular rhythm, making it rhyme and writing something that makes sense all at the same time. Does anyone have any tips for how to write ...
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Poetry or Poem Writing? [closed]

Any suggestion or guide for beginner willing to learn creative poem writing or poetry in Hindi and English. thank you.
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Should you publish or share poetry that was written simply in an angry or sad rant?

I've written a poem exploring my conflicting emotions of anger and the joy that the anger keeps supressing. Is it appropriate to publish a literary work based on such intense negative emotions?
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Is mathematical poetry a form of poetry?

One author considers this mathematical statement by LeRoy Gorman entitled “The Birth of Tragedy” as a form of minimalist poetry: (!+?)^2 Is this ...
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What are the poetry/quotes at the start of a chapter/book called?

For instance, "A Rasin in the Sun" starts with the poem "Harlem." I've noticed many (mostly contemporary) novels will start chapters with pieces of Poetry or quotes that are completely separate from ...
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How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?

Suppose I've written a haiku as 3 consecutive lines with standard punctuation as if it was normal free text, which means I don't use special punctuation at the end of a line just because it's the end ...
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online database of clever phrases

Is there a website that has a collection of clever or poetic phrases or expressions that one can search or browse through. What about a book? I used to have a book like this but I lost it. It had ...
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How does one avoid imposing one's own voice and preferences in critiques?

When critiquing another's writing I find myself making suggestions that are clearly biased toward how I would write the work. This effect seems particularly prevent for poetry, where suggestions are ...
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Do publishers prefer a particular type of poem?

I've always particularly liked poems with very fixed structure (e.g. a Villanelle or Sestina), both to read and to write. However nowadays, I've noticed a remarkable number of poems I come across ...
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How do you make a vague metaphor more easy to understand?

I am a fairly avid songwriter, and although I like writing meaningful lyrics, I am not particularly good at it. I tend to use a lot of metaphors in my lyrics, but they're always quite easy to ...
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At what point in editing / revising does one poem become another poem?

Many writing journals say they will not publish previously published poems. But if I revise a previously published poem, can I safely say the edited poem has not been published? If so, would a one-...
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References or tips for book editing (self-published books)

Disclaimer: English isn't my native language and I haven't studied writing, book editing or poetry at all. According to my meta question about asking questions about sources or references for help ...
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How do I convince readers to keep reading poems with fixed rhyme?

Disclaimer: English isn't my native language and I haven't studied writing or poetry at all. I released my first poetry book called "Bella Poesía / Beatiful Poetry" in February last year, and until ...
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Metaphor or Personification

Recently, on a school test, I was given a poem comprehension. One of the questions was : What is the figure of speech in "...the trees start whispering among themselves? (A) Metaphor (B) ...
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How do you find inspiration as a creative person? [closed]

Scientists and intellectuals are yet to discover the hidden mysteries of human brain. Its power and capacity is yet to be explored. Along the way, many have discovered "hacks" to get what they what ...
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Scrivener capitalization issues

I have a Scrivener formatting question. Using Scrivener (on Mac), I'm trying to put a poem into a page of a novel. Scrivener keeps capitalizing the first word of the next line even though the previous ...
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Resources for writers: websites for posting stories and poetry [duplicate]

I was asked if I could suggest a website (in English) where one can create a profile and post short-stories, poetry, or other pieces of literary work in an "informal" way. Additionally, such website ...
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On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry

Very often, I happen to have to offer my feedback on friends' short stories or novels or poetry. However, I find it very difficult to give a throughout feedback on this kind of writing which is not "...
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Person who invented "formula" for good poetry

I remember hearing about this formula where it showed a graph of what makes a poem good. It had something to do with increasing length to increase enjoyability. I was wondering if anyone remembered ...
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Writing and Formatting and Tips on Poetry [closed]

As a person trying to write poetry, I always have a problem trying to get subject material(especially for the past six months) and formatting it, or trying to put it to specific forms like a verse. ...
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Usage of metaphors

I wrote the following for a poem In the candid sky of hope, A glittering light was shown, Darkest of the clouds danced along, In a beastly hourly moan. Here, there is the usage of metaphors. ...
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Avoiding a juvenile/archaic feel in formal verse

Formal verse appears vulnerable to seeming archaic because it has generally fallen out of fashion. It may also increase the sense of immaturity, particularly with strict following of obvious forms (...
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How Many Poems Does a Chapbook Typically Contain?

I'm sure it varies a bit (both in length and in number) but, on average, how many poems does a chapbook contain?
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I would like to illustrate a poem

I am an artist and want to illustrate a poem and self publish it for my family. The poem was written in the early 1900's and is on LibraVox as a work in the public domain. Can I do this legally? I ...
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Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?

I have a large collection of poems which I've been meaning to submit for publication, but I need to know which format is used to send these babies. I don't want to send a word document because it ...
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How short can a poem be until it can no longer be a poem?

I am on a small journey to help me understand what the definition of a poem is to different people, what poems mean to them. This made me wonder, some poems are longer than others, so: How short ...
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Types/Categories of rhyme?

By type in this case I mean ways of grouping rhyme. There are a number of ways to categorise rhyme, based on what element you're looking at. for example masculine/feminine refers to the number of ...
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Can the term "Glorified delivery" be used to signify giving birth?

My cousin is giving birth to twins, and I am preparing the invitation cards. I wrote Twice as much love Two blessings from above Anthony a lovely boy And Joya brings the joy The glorified delivery ...
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Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century

Can I create a collection of original 19th century public domain poems without violating copyright laws?
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Is an MLA citation needed for a broad description of a poem's theme?

I'm trying to figure out whether I need to cite these poems or not. “Out, Out—” has its morbid description of a young boy bleeding out and its underlying theme of death. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” ...
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Space Between Stanzas: Line Breaks or Paragraph Style?

Nearly all the information I can find about Standard Manuscript Format for poetry is described in terms of the visual appearance of the page. For stanzas, a space equal to the size of one line of text ...
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Usage of commas in poetry

I wrote a piece of poetry for one of my short stories (the main character, Eri, writes poems). It's the following: Eri, did you feel the earthquake last night? Are you really sure your ...
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Should this introductory quotation be translated, untranslated, or dropped?

When I first wrote "Gawain's Guilt-Girdle" (14 lines of verse) I introduced it with a short (modernized/translated) quotation from the Middle English work Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I think my ...
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Does my poem convey the character of the (fictional) author well? [closed]

The core character in my current work-in-progress is an immortal goddess (of the minor kind), who goes increasingly desperate. In her desperation she's about to do something quite terrible, and the ...
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