Archive for July, 2012

Just Starting to Get into Poetry

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

poetry night was quite the place to be at north greenville on thursday ...My wife definitely has all of the brains in the family. She has a master’s degree from Harvard and is one of the most well read individuals I have ever met in my entire life. It is not at all unusual for her to finish a very challenging book in only one or two days. I am a reader myself, but I am not as avid as she is. When we met and fell in love and started to share in her love of the written word and began reading more and more.

We would read the same classic literature and then have discussions and debates on the author’s intentions. I have always tended to be attracted to non-fiction works while my wife has always loved reading fictional literature. As time passed, I became a more educated reader and I spent a great deal of time reading through classic novels that my wife recommended for me. Over the years I have gained a great appreciation for fiction and have really learned to appreciate the beauty and lyricism of a great, well-written work of art.

As much as I have grown as a reader and have gained a great appreciation and love for reading, one thing that I have never been able to do was to get into reading poetry. My wife absolutley loves poetry, but, although I can certainly appreciate the talent and skill that it takes to craft a well-written poem, I have honestly never been able to really enjoy reading poems. I have never sat down to read a book of poetry and felt like I was in heaven. I have never eagerly anticipated turning a page in a book of poems. This may be starting to change however. I have recently begun reading peoms by the terrific writer Lina Zeron. I find her poems to be truly amazing. They really touch me emotionally in a way that no other poems have. I would recommend her poems to anyone, even people who aren’t all that into poetry.

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How to Get Started Writing Original Poetry

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Poetry Cypher Captivates CCWC Members on Writers Night Out, April 18 ...If you want to get started writing your own original poetry, there are many effective methods to launch you on your journey. Read more poetry, immerse yourself in the words, and surround yourself with support and encouragement. These are a few ideas you can adapt to suit your individual lifestyle and goals for writing your own poetry.

The best way to motivate yourself to write poetry and to write it better is to get more exposure to the poetry of others. Buy some books by the poets you love. Browse through your local library or go online to discover new favorites. Try reading out loud to really feel the work.

Of course, you may need some guidance to understand what you are reading. Check the events calendar at your local college, public library or bookstore for lectures and classes on poetry. (more…)

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