Building A Poem – How Writers Write Poetry

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Wind whistling, weaving

it’s way

slipping away unseen

 

That’s all I can think of really

 

Wrapping my opal shawl around

my neck

braving the biting breeze

 

Piercing – sighing screaming

 

Come in from the cold

Come

in

 

The poem above is thanks to the ‘How Writers Write Poetry‘ course.

Daniel Khalastchi talked about five tools for poetry:

 

1) The image

2) The use of figurative language

3) The use of the line

4) The use of sound – repetition, rhyme, the music of poetry

5) Form

 

The assignment was to build a poem using at least one image and one metaphor. I quite enjoyed the exercise. Join the course, give it a try!

Keep writing!

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