Famous for poems including The Raven, The Bells, and Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe remains a staple among poetry and literature classes. In the same vein, Emily Dickinson’s poems such as Hope is the Thing with Feathers and I Heard a Fly Buzz - When I Died hold just as much relevance and prestige. Both poets boast a lengthy collection of poems, and often these pieces reflect on personal tragedies.
Poe experienced a good deal of loss in his life. He lost his birth mother, his adoptive mother, and his wife over the course of his lifetime, many of them succumbing to tuberculosis. As a result, a lot of his poems grapple with life after losing a loved one. His most famous poem, The Raven, personifies death as a raven that only speaks the word “Nevermore”, reiterating to the grieving narrator that he will never see his lost love again.
Some famous poetic formats herald a champion – a writer of old who produced a plethora of the poems and became renowned for them. The most famous example is probably William Shakespeare and the sonnet. But what Shakespeare is for sonnets, Edward Lear is for limericks.
The limerick’s origins are surprisingly mysterious. There’s no definitive documentation for when they started being written, although scholars discovered verses with similar styles dating back to the 11th century. We do know that limericks originated in England. Some of Shakespeare’s plays actually feature a few, including Othello, King Lear, and The Tempest.
Often, writers tend to box themselves into a particular genre or format, leaning into the common phrase, “write what you know”. Be it short stories or novels, people like routines. Mixing it up once in a while never hurts, though. Throwing some poetry into your given routine can strengthen your writing and get those creative juices flowing, even if you don’t consider yourself a poet.
Writing poetry can provide excellent practice for a number of different literary techniques. Poems let you experiment with language and lyricism. With their smaller formats, you can practice honing your imagery. And of course, you can have fun diverging from your usual writing style with poetry.
Here’s a few ways to incorporate poetry into your writing schedule to not only stimulate your creativity, but enhance it.
If you have reached that moment in your writing journey when you feel ready to share your poetry with the world but are unsure about how the publishing process works for poems, this article is for you.
If you are looking to get paid for your poetry this article may not be for you. Some of the options may give you a monetary re-compensation for your work but it was not a characteristic I was looking for while researching for the article.
Like in fiction you can go about this in two routes: Traditional publishing, when there is a magazine, press that publishes your work, or Self-publishing, in which you take care of all the process.
Sometimes, poetry and science seem to come from entirely different worlds. It’s easy to find poems that tap into romance, fantasy, even horror. But a science fiction poem? Those feel far and few between.
I wouldn’t say it’s outwardly nonexistent or impossible to write. The root of science fiction lies in science. So it's logical that by turning to actual science for inspiration, we can find all sorts of interesting topics to utilize in poetry. So turn on a space documentary or a series describing undersea exploration. And if you don’t want to invest the time to watch that, here’s a list of sciencey things for your consideration to get you started.
Grandfather of the mystery genre and horror writer Edgar Allan Poe’s impact lingers throughout literature. His works continue to be adapted for the screen, ranging from the upcoming Fall of the House of Usher series coming to Netflix, to The Simpson’s retelling of “The Raven”.
Probably his most recognizable poem, “The Raven” tells the story of a grieving man haunted by a raven that speaks one word over and over — “nevermore”. The man interprets this message as proof that he’ll never see his loved one, Lenore, again, even in heaven. The poem ends with the man telling the audience that the devilish bird still remains in his study, serving as a reminder that his love will return “nevermore”.
The poem spins a narrative that keeps you on your toes. It’s an effective piece of horror, and Poe manages to build tension and suspense as the poem progresses. Here’s a look at some ways I believe he mounts suspense in his poem.
Poetry as a literary form has a bit of a reputation as being a medium through which Victorians declare their undying passion or 2000s emo teens write about how sad they are.
However the masters have channel this wolly art form to the greatest purpose of all: giving their readers some laughs. And in this day and age, I think that we have earned ourselves some funny jokes, so without any further ado, here are 4 funny poetry forms.
As a disclaimer I would not go over the limerick since it is the most popular, and here “we’re not like other poets”.
The shortest poem I have read would probably be Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro”. It’s only two lines: “The apparition of these faces in the crowd: / Petals on a wet, black bough.” Merely describing an image, this poem doesn’t need to be any longer. It gets the message across in a poignant manner. To me, it poses the question, when should a poem be longer or shorter?
Shrinking or stretching a poem might happen in the midst of writing, or during your editing stage. By “shrink” or “stretch”, I mean cutting lines and ideas or expanding on images and themes, respectively. If you’re working on a free verse poem and can’t decide whether or not it’s the right length, consider these recommendations.
A plethora of poetry formats exist in the literary world. From the cyclical sestina to the rhythmic limerick, from the luxurious sonnet to the short-and-sweet haiku, these structures accomplish different tones and feelings for the writer and their audience. Experimenting with different structures will not only expand your literary horizons, but develop your writing capabilities and challenge your word play as well.
Wind in a dark night. Moonlight on an empty path. These small miscellanies are what make up a horror piece. Fiction structures almost no boundaries — descriptions go on and on and on only restrained by the paper’s white edges. But poetry is less forgiving. There are so few words and so little time. How then, should one create poetry with horror as muse? In The Highwayman by Alfred Noyles, the chilling atmosphere of the gallops leading up and away from the old inn, of watching your lover by the moonlight, of glass windows shattering from gunshots in the middle of the night are all attributed to the development of one thing -- setting.