Every poet who starts out writing poetry, even if from an early age, is led by a sense of time, tempo and mood. These are basic elements that drives a person to write poetry. Yet, these are not enough to take the poet through with poetry that is consistent, rich in imagery and style and also scientifically designed. Yes, poetry, though an art form, is also a science. The science of writing good poetry demands that the writer follow specific guidelines and rules in order to claim expertise in that particular genre. Even if the poem is a free-verse, it has to follow specific rules.
The set of guides in this sub-category aim to help the writer understand what each type of poem is all about. While the formats and guides are specific to each type, there is no limit to the poet's creativity, style and usage. The sky's the limit.
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Just like music, poetry is the language of the soul. Although poetry is subjective, it can still stand out and have a 'wow' factor that makes it different from the general pool. What makes these poems different? What makes poetry really good that they are worth reading over and over again? Perhaps some of these points can help you understand how you may improve your mediocre poems to make a difference.
Tanka is a quintain (five-lined poem) that has its roots in Japanese poetry. It is a form of writing poetry with as little words as possible, yet describing a wealth of information. Tanka are untitled and unrhymed and in addition very lyrical.
William Shakespeare lived during the second half of the sixteenth century. He was instrumental in creating the form of poetry called the Sonnet. Between the years 1592 to 1598, Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. There are some basic features which encompass the science and art of writing a Shakespeare's sonnet; the outline for which is given in this guide.
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