I’ve decided to share
a new poem I was recently inspired to write. I hope you enjoy it.
For more of my work, please feel free to check out my poetry books and other publications.
If someone was to ask this question to a crowd of people, that person would probably receive any number of different answers. But in my personal opinion as the author of poetry books, considering the fact that poetry is an art, who is to say what makes one piece good as opposed to another not? Like any art form, it is highly subjective.
But with that being the case, I do believe that there are a few things any poet can do in order to make the best of their own work.
1. Be inspired -
If you don’t have some sort of inspiration behind your work, the result won’t be as satisfying as if you do. While in other forms of writing you can simply just jump into it, this is not the case with poetry.
2. Express emotion -
Letting your emotion pour out onto a page is very important in this particular form of literature.
3. Let if flow -
The flow of the words in your poetry is also very important. The more natural and compelling the flow of the words, the better your writing will end up.
No matter what professional or recreational activities we may engage in, at some point, we’re all going to be off of our game. A surgeon may struggle with shaky hands, a public speaker may slip into a bit of a stutter, or any other number of samples can apply. But in many cases, these problems are more mental than they are physical.
One of the most notorious examples in the world of literature is that pesky little condition known as writers block.
But as I can suggest by personal experience, there is really only one reliable way to deal with it and overcome this problem – writing through it.
Whether you are a sports fan or not, the easiest way to explain what I mean is through the world or athletics. Let’s take baseball. Even the best and most productive hitters in the game fall into a slump from time to time. During those slumps a pitch that they might normally knock right out of the park might send them to the bench as a victim of a strikeout. And worse yet, it keeps happening over and over again. But how does the hitter finally break out of the slump? He keeps hacking away until he succeeds and gets back into his typical rhythm.
The same approach should and must be taken when you find yourself in a state of writer’s block.
Here are two practical ways to do so:
1. Write for the sake or writing during a case of block. Just keep going despite the quality. This is essentially exercise and nobody ever even has to see what you write.
2. Use the condition as inspiration. Yes, write something, anything, about writer’s block. A few yea’s back I had a poetry assignment I had to write for a class and just couldn’t get going. So, I decided to write the poem about the need to be inspired. In the end, I got an A.
In the end, when you take the time to work through the frustration, things will work out just fine.
Guest post courtesy of York Notes
For many people there is nothing more intimidating than having to sit down and write an effective essay for a piece of coursework or an exam. It is a concentration of so many things learnt that the actual managing of all that information into a succinct and readable essay can just become overwhelming.
One way to make life easier when faced with this kind of task is to break the job down into manageable sections. In this article we will look at how to make the introduction as good as it possible can be, because if you start well you will feel much more confident going into the rest of the essay.
Before you start any essay you need to make an outline of what it is that you are going to do. Every piece of written work should be founded on a plan and never written from cold.
In an essay, it is essential that you have a “grabber.” This is something that will grab a hold of the reader’s attention from the beginning. It could be a joke, a shocking fact, a proverb or a quote. You need something special to set this piece of work apart.
The next element of the introduction is for you to introduce your topic or subject. It is not however to simply state what your topic or subject is. You need to give the reader reasons for wanting to know about what it is that you have decided to talk about, or how you are going to talk about it.
A good way to break down the reasons for you to talk about your topic is to ask yourself five questions about the topic: who, why, what, where and how. If you systematically break down the topic into these easily understandable aspects, then your ability to write clearly about it will also begin to flow more naturally.
Once you have understood what it is you are going to talk about and why, it is necessary for you to understand whether you are going to be writing from a positive or negative point of view about your topic.
It is important because once you have decided what your point of view is going to be in your own head you do not then go and present your argument in a one-sided way. A good essay always looks at two sides of an argument and you must always keep this in mind no matter what your personal opinions on the topic are.
Once you have taken the time out to consider your essay in such a methodical way, you will see how the actual writing of it becomes so much easier.
Of course, understanding how to write an essay and how to implement a plan about your writing is a great step towards writing better pieces of work, but it does not mean that your English literature revision books can be forgotten about now that you have the perfect essay writing method.
If you do not do the study that gives you the information you will need to write, then you are never going to have any knowledge base from which to write.
Essays do not need to be the most difficult things in the world, but you have to work at them in order for this to be true.
Info from: Revision notes, Chapter summaries and books on English Literature
Ah, the smell of sulfur
Fills the hazy air
This breezy July night
And sets my thoughts in motion
To ages long gone by
This burning fuel of beauty
And blasts of brilliant rays
Is far beyond the predecessors
That dealt in gunpowder
And bullet induced flames
So once there was a struggle
That from time to time renews
But such July evenings
A selection from the book “Shadows and Shade” by Pittsburgh writer Jason Greiner.
I’ve been through Hell
And have returned
Scorched and charred
But never burned
I’ve faced my pain
Letting weakness escape
Exiting my skin
Leaving only the strength within
My soul did ache
My heart did crack
But that is over now
And, I shall launch my own attack
Tried and tested
But to no avail
Rather sturdy it has made me
Unyielding and free
Another poem by Jason Greiner, one of the Pittsburgh writers noted for his two books of poetry and photography and his how-to style photography e-book.
That many of the most reputable artists across any number of genre have had to deal with some serious personal demons. This notion continues to remain as true today as it ever has.
In terms of literature, we need only refer to people like Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway. When it comes to painting a case in point is Vincent Van Gogh. And more recently in the world of music we’ve seen the untimely demises of such talents as Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
For some reason many, many artists seem to struggle with addiction, depression, bi-polar disorder or some other major issue.
While of course I cannot even dream of comparing myself to the likes of the folks mentioned above, I myself suffer from a mid-grade combination of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder, not to mention off and on bouts of depression.
As sad as all of this can be, perhaps in some ways it can be useful. Artists can channel these negatives into their work to create deep, intoxicating works and relate to their audience on a very personal level. In a very simplistic way of putting it, perhaps one can take the lemons life gives them and make lemonade.
Perhaps these challenges will always be with us but if that is to remain the case, maybe we can somehow at least make use of them.
For those of us who are readers, there have been some obvious shifts in the tenancies of old school writers and those that all the best selling authors of today.
One of the most noticeable and potentially impacting is the relatively new approach to the anatomy of chapters within novels.
As an author of poetry books, much of my interest lies in literature by writers who have been dead for several hundred years. And in reading novels from ages gone by, the style generally involved long chapters that where fairly few in number.
In more modern writing, perhaps really taking hold a few decades ago, novelists began to emphasize shorter chapters, some even as minimal as one page, and dozens of chapters in a single book. I have read books with more that 100 chapters.
Why the change?
I don’t know who can really answer that question wtih certainty. But here’s my theory. In today’s world, we have many more vehicles to stimulate our minds and there is no secret that our attention spans have changed. Perhaps the shorter chapters keep is intrigued for a longer period of time. I know that they often tend to make us feel like we are making greater progress within a book and this encourages us to keep going.
Whatever the reason is, this simple change seems to be having big results.