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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If you have a “freak flag”
Let it Fly
What good is denying
Who you are inside
If you look different
From all the rest
Celebrate your image
And revel in your uniqueness
Whether your skin be alabaster
Or your hair neon green
Let your true colors
Always be seen
This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.
Unrestricted by restrictive things
In nature’s realm from all things set free
Whether dawn or eve
What else can compare
To walking with feet upon the grass
And between trees reaching for the air
Nature shot by werner22brigitte
Compulsions and fear
Please leave me along
Knock on someone else’s door
And pretend that I’m not home
On second thought
Please do not
Don’t burden someone else
But flee from here altogether, away from every house
This is the newest piece by Jason Greiner, the author of two poetry books and more.
The very nature of art is highly subjective…
and as such, there are quite a few things that artists and art enthusiasts alike do not necessarily agree on. However, there is one thing that most creative minded people probably accept as a practical truth – creativity requires inspiration.
Some people are inspired by nature, others by the human condition, still more by the words or wisdom of others. In fact, while inspiration is not always something that is easy to come by, there is no doubt that the possible sources of inspiration are endless.
My inspiration for my poetry books and artistic photography come from any number of places.
What inspires you?
In my personal opinion, if my poetry, photography or other artistic pursuits actually turn out to be inspiration for other artists and their work, that’s one of the best feelings of all.
99 Inspirational Artistic Quotes
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.
What makes good poetry?
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.