My Observations as they Relate to Writing Poetry.

a writing by Denis Barter

Basically, I find writing a poem is very similar to writing a descriptive essay. Basically it is a pleasurable linguistic exercise, which depends mostly on one’s understanding and view of what is seen and experienced. What distinctions, we notice, will be incorporated within our lines, by employing words we find ideally suited to our personal experiences, likes and taste. This in turn, is very much dependant upon our education and ability to “see” what is not only visible, but also what we visualize to be present! Transposing this to the written word, is what determines the end result, as to our competence in composing poetry. Furthermore it is the essential element, and catalyst that convinces the reader with our poetry, we have captured a picture of the scene we are describing.

Transposing a visual or imagined scene into print, is never an easy task at any time. Here again, I suggest education is one of the prime, governing factors which, along with possessing the ability to mentally visualize a scene, or moment, will determine whether we discern and separate the essential elements and details that attract our attention, from those considered extraneous and inconsequential. By employing this mental ‘filter’ we determine whether or not the end result will be good, brilliant or merely mediocre! How one considers all the aspects offered before they’re carefully selected, before being melded into a descriptive essay or poem by the author/poet, is further influenced by the format we choose.

The format chosen, with which we choose to write: be it rhyme, free verse, a short dissertation or an essay, is the prerogative of the author alone, but it must also follow the guidelines which said format dictates. For example a Sonnet for instance, has a predetermined lay out or formula, to which the poet must accept or his poem will be judged and categorised differently. However, outside of these restrictions, be it short, long or even epic in proportions, this is the author’s prerogative. However the author’s ultimate intention must be to liken it to describing a feeling, a picture or a walk through a landscape, or describing a personal feeling or experience. No matter the topic, or how exciting or mundane the scene, situation, or experience might be, the writer must seize the basic essence of the moment, and transpose it to an exciting and interesting ‘read’. Their aim must be to grab the attention of the reader, and keep them eager to find out what comes next? This has to be the aim and means by which the writer must capture the reader’s imagination with their very first lines - even words - written in such a way their enthusiasm wetted, does not waver. Should this not be achieved, the reader will look and seek elsewhere for a more interesting ‘read’! Invariably the first lines of any composition determines whether or not the reader continues on. One other important, and equally essential factor, is the title that’s given the composition! An intriguing title, will invariably prove an enticement for the would-be reader to begin reading, as they wonder what comes next?

There are likely other aspects to be considered when writing, but suffice it to say, for myself, when I write a poem, these are the primary essential ingredients, and prerequisites I take into consideration, before I begin my poem.

Rhymer. July 28th. 2017.



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