My Favorite Soup Feature/ Do you Know How it Works?
Blog Posted:6/14/2014 1:51:00 PM
I was surprised to learn recently that some new poets are not aware of certain Soup features that for me are priceless. My favorite is “Forms,” which allows us to view all the different forms we enjoy the most written by our favorite poets. This feature comes in quite useful, for example, if you like how someone writes and you want good examples how to write in a certain form that you know they will have lots of examples of. Everyone should be aware of this feature also for him/herself because it enables you to search for poems you have written when you cannot remember titles or dates they were posted! You can find them by Form!
Here is what you do: go to poetry comments and click on the name of one of your poet friends who has commented to you. Go down to the blue box that lists all their poems' titles. Some poets have more than one page. Click on a number to see a different page. Look in the box and see four rows of categories: Date posted/ Poem title/ # views (this just means how many clicked on your poem. Whether or not it was actually read is sadly something we can't know!)/ and finally you will see FORMS.
This is such an interesting category. Once you click on Forms, you will see that the poet's poetry has magically transformed to a list of titles according to form alphabetically listed. Since I was motivated to do this blog by being asked by my new friend Robert Nehls how to use this feature, I will use Robert's poetry as an example. I have gone to Robert's page and clicked on his page of poetry titles. I can see he is very new from the Date Posted column, telling me he came here May 28. I can see already that he has only one page of poetry and only two forms. When I click Forms, his one lyrical poem comes up first because it is first in the alphabet. All his rhymes are now listed from most recent down to first one posted.
Now I will go to the list of a member who has tons of forms: Debbie Guzzi. I click on her name and see right away that she has more than ten pages of poetry . You will see three dots . . . appearing after the number 10, which tells me she has more than ten pages of poetry. So I click on the dots and I discover she has seventeen pages of titles (same as me I think!!) By clicking on Forms, I can see every form she has ever used by alphetical order. Her first page has the following forms: ABC, Acrostic (many of these), Ballad, Bio, Blank verse, Canzone, carpe diem, chant royal, chastushka, choka, and one lone cinqku. So I click page two to find more cinqku plus lot of other forms from C to E.
So now I would like to know how many sonnets Deb has written and posted here. I know she has more than ten pages of poetry, so I click on the three dots. I would guess S forms might begin on page 14. I click page 14. I was wrong. I'm not quite there yet, but I am close. Page 14 had different S forms on it. So I try page 15 and Voila! There it is. Not only that, but I can count how many she has (I have a lot more, Deb. Hahaha, but you have me way beat in free verse category I am sure). I can see that her very first sonnet, at the bottom, was Above Desire, posted 9/4/08.
I hope those of you that did not know of or understand this feature will now GO there and try to make use of it. It is AWESOME!!!!