Poetry Submissions-Part 4: The Craft of Writing Poems

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It begins with an idea… a word sticks in your mind, becomes a metaphor; your muse whispers inspiration. You have to write it, but writing is a craft. How do you put down in words this idea in your mind? Does anyone want to read it? Will they understand what you mean? While we want to be original, we also want to be well versed in the craft of writing.

There is a wealth of information on the internet about writing. First, you must read and learn from other poets’ works– both classic and  contemporary. Take classes, attend workshops at colleges or writers conferences, seek advice from published authors and check out the links provided below. Then proceed to writing your own poetry! And remember, poets are famous for breaking the rules.

READ

Author Links – Author bios and link

The Academy of American Poets – a list of the most popular contemporary poets

Poetry Daily – Great resource of poems from various journals

CRAFT

“Blurbs of Wisdom”  Poetry Free For All index to everything you need to know about writing poems–meter, rhythm, figurative languages, modifiers, line and stanza breaks, images, symbolism, critiques, rewriting, etc… Don’t be scared off by the strange warning at the top of these pages; the information is great!

The Craft of Poetry (Great site)

ENGL 310: Modern Poetry  -Yale course

Writing.com Avoiding cliches and abstractions

FORM

What are the forms of poetry?  Form is the category or genre of a poem, such as sonnet, haiku, cinquain, sestina, villanelle and ballade.

Poetic Asides – a list of poetic forms

The Poet’s Garret – all about various forms

Minimalist poetry – overview

Prose vs. Poetry  What is the difference?

POETIC TERMS

GLOSSARY OF POETIC TERMS – from Bob’s Byway

Poetry Terms

WORD CHOICE HELP

Synonyms

Homonyms

Enchanted Learning Homonyms 

Thesaurus

Adverbs

Wordsmyth

The Elements of Style by William Strunk – Rules for word usage,  composition, form, commonly misused and misspelled words.

Annenberg’s “Literary Visions” series of helpful videos for poetry, fiction, drama and literature

Poet’s Corner – Resource of poems and poets

Rhyme Zone   find a rhyming word quickly

Poetry Rhyming Dictionary – find a rhyming word by # of syllables

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