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So, I had totally abandoned the #heypoets poetry six week course…but I totally plan to finish it, just at my own pace. The class I watched today was particularly engaging. I learnt to rely on my unreliability. To learn to go back on my word in my poetry (as I often do in life). Having watched the video, I came up with the perfect topic (so I guess this poem is for my ex). The assignment was...

How To Improve The First Line Of Your Poem

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The first line of a poem is always the hardest for me. It’s the line most in danger of sounding corny, awkward, stilted, flamboyant or simply wrong. So assuming I’m not the only one who often hates the first line of their poem, I have a couple ideas of how to switch your poem up and make your first line strong. Note these suggestions are most effective if you are not working with a strict poetic...

How To Write A Pantoum

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The Pantoum is a form that originated from Malaysia. I like to think of it as a sort of circle, because it begins and ends with the same line. Whatever the journey, you end up back where you started, so it is an interesting form to explore. So what do you need to know about the Pantoum? 1)      Length: it does not adhere to a specific length. So even though it is a strict form, you can make it as...

How To Write A Villanelle

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Compared to the other poems I have talked about thus far, I think the Villanelle is the easiest to compose. It’s also fun, lyrical and expressive. A great poem for getting your point across. Like the Sestina, the Villanelle is a poem that relies heavily on repetition but unlike the Sestina, it is repetition of the entire line.   1)      Length: The Villanelle is 19 lines long; however six of...

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