Off and on we have these discussions of Poetry forms, I wrote for most of my life in, what I would now call Free Verse, but for years I had NO IDEA. Here it was my poem, my creation and was wasn't literate enough to even know it was a Couplet or a Qutrain LOL. I just wrote. Writers just write, we don't need to know what it's called, we need to get IT OUT! However, everytime I was asked "What kind of poetry I wrote?" I felt stupid, for in truth I had no idea. NOW, that did not make what I wrote bad..and it certainly did not make it good, what it did do is display my ignorance of the ART to the person asking.
The learning of forms, and poetic vocabulary is needed. It is needed BECAUSE it gives poets a language to communicate with so we can understand each other. This is true of all skills, every skill has its own list of words, labels etc. which folks within that craft use to assist each other with. Each form that has stood the test of time has done so because the PATTERN ..reinforced an affect. People responded with emotion to the form. Forms give a poet an expanded tool box. We still write when the adrenaline rushes, yet, if one knows a dozen forms ... the writing will TELL YOU what form it wants to be.
Here are a list of new forms or genre's I have not learned:
Persona poems are poems written from a perspective other than your own. You use your imagination to enter the world of another character. You can write a persona poem from the perspective of a friend, an enemy, a relative, a pet, a celebrity, a historical figure, a character from literature or you can make up a character of your own.
The basis or a persona poem is a change in point-of-view. You aren’t just writing about another character, you are writing as if you were that other character. You try to think like that character. You imagine that character’s thoughts, actions, skills and limitations. You try to capture the world in which that character lives and you portray it as if you were that character.
This is a style of poetry that is heavily influenced by fiction. You leave behind your point of view and take on another. You try to bring a character to life and make that character interesting to your readers. It can be challenging, but also freeing. You are given the chance to change your style, tone and perspective, at least for the length of one poem.
Adding a fictional layer to your poetry allows you to address issues you can’t comfortably express as yourself. Persona poems can be an excellent method for dealing with personal issues that are too close for you to write about from your own perspective. Persona poems also can be a great way to explore your feelings about an social or personal issue by looking at it from the other side. What would the person on the other side of the issue say to you?
Slip Stream Poetry:
Can you find any definitions or instructions on how to write this type of poetry?