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The “rules” of poetry

When people first hear the word poetry…

beside the notion of eloquent language and the concept of emotional sensitivity coming to mind, they might often think about this form of literature as being filled with rules and structural regulations.

While classically poetry has had it’s share of rigidity and intense structure, this is not always necessarily the case.  For example, slam poetry would probably drive someone from the Renaissance era insane.

Personally, I believe that good poetry is not so much about structure and form as it is about emotion and the ability to convey a concept not easily stated in any other way. Hence the reason that I, and many others, do not always follow the so-called rules.

First and foremost, poetry is an art and as such should not be constrained. We all need to have our own rules to some extent.

My personal rules and guidelines

1. I either use rhyme or not. It seems clumsy and awkward to switch between the two in the same poem.

2. When I use rhyme, I tend to rhyme in a pattern of matching up either the first and third/second and fourth lines or a stanza of lines one and two then three and four.

3. I generally write 3-5 line stanzas

4. Modern free verse has always been a great stylistic friend

5. I rarely punctuate except for emphasis with a question mark or exclamation point or to separate items in a series with a comma

I figure hey, what the heck? After all, E.E. Cummings was known for his unorthodox and grammatically flexible style while the great William Shakespeare literally made up hundreds if not thousands of words.

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Great font resource for designers and typographers

In the field of graphic design and when providing any sort of creative graphic services, chance are that from time to time you are going to want to find the perfect font for your concept. There are a lot of them out there but that doesn’t always mean they are easy to find. So, in the past I’ve used a cool little font site called Da Font.

Sure, it sounds like something goofy and unprofessional but this site is used by people ranging in profession from graphic designers to tattoo artists.

And one of the best things about it is that it’s free.

Check it out today.

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Comedy for writers

While comedy is in and of itself a form of art, as a writer, I have a special place in my heart for those who create comedic content about writing and writers. Check out these funnies for something to tickle your lighter side.

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Surprisingly good, easy photo editing

As any reader of this blog knows, being a photography enthusiast, I tend to think that cell phone photography is generally a poor substitute for the real thing if you will.

Sure, there are some exceptions but usually a good old traditional camera or SLR is light years better than even the latest mobile phone in this area.

But, given that there are some exceptions, it only stands to reason that this would be the case with mobile editing apps as well. Enter Photoshop Express.  Yes, the first name in photography has done it again.

Recently, when I was having a very difficult time editing the coloration of an image, I figured I’d give PS Express a shot. I uploaded the image from my SLR to my camera’s Micro SD card and went to work. The results where fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Check it out, I bet you be glad you did.

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Creative and powerful short film Haleema

The art of film is something I’ve always truly enjoyed. But if you stop and think about it, it may be even more difficult and involve an entirely different creative style to develop a great short film. I recently came across this one called Haleema that I would like to share with our readers here at CD.

Enjoy!

Welcome Back Garth Brooks

The man who could arguably be called the king of Country Music as that he is only the highest selling male soloist of all time, is back with his first album in more than a decade.

While the album “Man Against Machine” is pretty good, there is one song that really stands out. In a world of hurt and suffering, indifference and intolerance, the song “People Loving People” is a welcome message in typical Garth fashion.

Please check out the video of the live performance from the most recent AMA Awards.

 

Cool mobile apps for practical use

As a creative individual, I am often impressed with the ingenuity involved in the creation of mobile applications. this is especially true of those that are also very practical in nature.

This being the case, I’ve decided to start of this new year with a list of a few high quality applications that you might find useful.

Brightest Flashlight

– Uses your phone’s flash as a flashlight for time when you need a little extra light.

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Positive Affirmations

– If you’re a little down or stressed, this app provides simple words of encouragement with stunning photos.

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SoundHound

– Want to know what that song is you hear playing on the radio, in the store or pretty much anywhere? This app will help you find out the artist, song title and even album it comes from.

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MP3 Ringtone Maker

– Customize your own ring tones from ANY song and any part of it.

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Mobile Scanner

– Uses your camera as a quick and easy portable scanner to send documents and store them for your records.

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