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Passions in Poetry

Digital Passions
Poetry Magazine

Digital Passions #1
published January 29, 1999


Anchor Point (our opening poem)
to WIT (Welcome, Introduction and Thanks)
New Features
What Is Poetry?
Mid Point (our second poem)
Statistics Never Lie
Visitor Feedback
I Need Your Help
Active PageArticle Request
Poets Only (Writing Good Descriptions)
Closing Point (our final poem)
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I Need Your Help Writing Good Descriptions

Articles Requested

Poetry is one way to communicate, maybe even the best way, but it's certainly not the only way. Another very acceptable way to communicate is to write (you knew this was coming, didn't you) an article for Digital Passions.

We have poets among us that have been studying their craft for years, while others have just started (and, okay, a few who don't yet know there is a craft). It would be wonderful if the former would share a smattering of their hard-won knowledge with the latter, don't you think? Enough, perhaps, to tease them into finding more on their own?

Here's a "suggested" list of things I would personally like to read about:

What is meter? Other than using our "ear," how can we tell what meter a poem follows?

What are the differences (and advantages) of rhymed, blank, and free verse?

What is metaphor? Simile? Why are they perhaps the most powerful tools in the poet's arsenal?

How can we all improve our imagery (what's that??) and avoid the dangers of cliche?

We know words have sounds - but which sounds? All about rhymes, imperfect rhymes, internal rhymes, assonance, and alliteration.

What is "poetic license" and just how far can we go?

These, of course, are just idea, my friends. I would welcome any short article, on any subject that teaches us how to be better poets. Before we throw away all our tools (and we're allowed), let's learn what we can do with them.


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