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Suzanne is a Retired Registered Nurse certified in Med/Surg. She began writing poetry as a result from meditation during stress relief classes. Since retiring she has participated in poetry groups both in the Community and on-line. She is originally from Australia but has lived in the Hawaiian Islands for most of her adult life. Her poetry is a mixture from both places as she has spent time living between both Australia and Hawaii. In her writing she has explored many forms but finds ease of expression mostly in free verse.

 Her poems are included in an Anthology "A Bridge to ALL Nations."with other poets from  Connie's site:

Poetry for Thought.

How Forms Shape a Poem's Content

Blog Posted:4/25/2013 9:31:00 PM
This is mainly to share a few interesting views I have encountered about form.

Poetry is sometimes described as an idea looking for a form or a form looking for an idea. Robert Hass in comparing metered poems with Free Verse states:

‘……the metrical poem begins with an assumption of human life which takes place
in a pattern of orderly recurrence with which the poet must come to terms-

Meter organizes accents into an overall pattern and more or less evenly times the lines bringing an organizing influence that allows the story to unfold.

The Free verse poem…begins with an assumption of openness or chaos
in which an order must be discovered.  The basic fact of free verse: each poem is shaped from within.  You’ll often hear a poet say they didn’t know where the poem would end when they began writing it but that it comes to them as a natural act of writing."

I also learned  this from an English professor about writing in Rhymes.

The mind becomes focused on finding the rhymes which tricks the analytic mind into allowing the intuitive mind to come forth.

and  lastly these valuable tips

1. A poem is a record of discovery. Avoid judgements, opinions and attitudes.
2. Allow the reader's heart and mind to open.
    This means don't end by telling. The most succesful poems rise at the finish.
3. Don't reverse syntax. We are tempted often to do this to make a rhyme fit.

4. Active verbs speed image. Adverbs can sound too forced.

5 Avoid abstractions.

6.  Vowel sounds effect the emotional sense
                                 ...'i' sound rises up
                                'e' cuts through tension.
                                'o' brings you down.

When using rhyme consider the emotional effect and choose vowel sounds accordingly.

.....and finally from Leonardo Da Vinci....There are ten attributes of sight....

darkness and brightness,
substance and color,
form and place,
remoteness and nearness,
movement and rest.

Hope you have enjoyed all the little gleanings from my poetry notes.

Wind to your wings, light to your path, dreams to your heart.

Two excellent books I recommend: are

The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes

The Art and Craft of poetry by Michael J Bugeja

which talks on choosing a form for a subject.

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  1. Date: 4/26/2013 11:57:00 PM
    I know Suzanne, my rhetoric, framed in verse, certainly bears no comparison to the likes of Freneau, who, in 1775 wrote in rhyme about the need for revolution in America.....I AM NOT for revolution....but, the theft of peoples assets and transfer to global bankers is criminal, and will lead soon to social unrest, I fear....these times require bold words....I am done with "shooting stars" poems, for a while ; ) jimbo

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    Goff Avatar James Marshall Goff Date: 4/27/2013 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Su...
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/27/2013 1:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good for you Jimbo: No this is only meant as a guide and expressing ourselves is certainly an admirable function of writing. I will stop by and visit you tomorrow. Thanks for speaking up in defence of your poetry. This blog was in no way pointed at anyone personally. SuZ
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 9:24:00 AM
    Yes, a great free verse description in this one. too bad my free verse always ends up prose, but we all have natural ways of writing! Sounds really do matter in poetry!

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/26/2013 3:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So many fine points to remember. I guess that is why a poem is really never finished and yet sometimes we can so work them to death we lose the magic of the initial inspiration.
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 5:15:00 AM
    I love that description of writing free verse, that's exactly how it feels to me - carefully shaping and forging some kind of order from a chaotic jumble of phrases, almost like fitting together a jigsaw puzzle...

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/26/2013 3:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That was why I really wanted to share it. Each point was like an ah ha moment for me. Suz
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 4:41:00 AM
    Interesting. I both agree and disagree with every point! LOL! Yes, on discovery and no on discovery. Some of the best poems in the world were written BECAUSE of an opinion which became a discovery or--better yet-- a journey. Same goes for judgement, an off-shoot of raw emotion - hurt, anger, shock and even love. Some of the best books I've read on how to write poetry are actually not how to's, but the finished pieces of poets, known and unknown, historical and modern. I am currently riding the currents of Plath. Oh, how she changed, developed... reading her is like reading three poets, depending on which stage I explore. Thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend, Cyndi

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/26/2013 11:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Cyndi Our whole experience is based on judgments I guess what he was meaning is what you expanded on, and to try and leave your poem open for the reader . I am glad you are enjoying Plath. She lived her poetry and then died by it. I know - reading is the most important thing we can do. Cheers, Suz
  1. Date: 4/25/2013 10:47:00 PM
    Thanks for this insight, SuZ. Free Verse is the most difficult form to write - it mimics natural speech, but the problem arises when accents clash and my intended "punch line" is lost on those not familiar with colloquial speech. Love, Su

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/26/2013 3:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you enjoyed it,Su Well you know that at least some part of your audience will. Lol

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10/17/2014 Morning Glory Rhymejoy,morning,
10/17/2014 Great Un-manifest Rhymefaith,wisdom,
8/25/2014 It Must Begin With Free verseconflict,earth,nature,
8/25/2014 Song of Rain Rhymegarden,nature,rain,
8/21/2014 Lotus Bloom Free verseallegory,beauty,dark,
8/19/2014 Rhymes with You - Footles Rhymehumorous,
6/7/2014 As Inspired by The Death of a Bird A D Hope Free versebird,blue,nature,
6/6/2014 How to Die Free verseage,death,dream,
6/5/2014 Giants of Gravity Rhymeanimal,history,mystery,na
6/5/2014 WIDOW'S WEB Rhymeanalogy,emotions,nature,
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4/21/2014 We Lose Surprise Free verseheartbroken,longing,lost
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4/18/2014 Reflection Free verseinspirational,philosophy,
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4/1/2014 Secret Directions to Jilliby Farm Free versebeauty,earth,environment,
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12/28/2013 Touching Evolution Free verseallegory,beautiful,creati
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12/18/2013 What Llama Lil Saw in BagDad Rhymeadventure,humorous,
12/18/2013 Mosaic: On Missing the Morning I do not know?day,morning,sleep,
12/2/2013 As a Poet Sees Free versepoetry,poets,writing,
11/30/2013 Queen of Heaven Free versebeauty,identity,lyric,pra
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black pebbles and violet streams Rhymedeath,dedication,loss,lov
Indian Ink Dramatic Verseabuse,autumn,death,deep,f
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Old Sailors Haikuocean,
Angels In The Mist Free verselove,
September Terzanellenature,sad,sun,time,
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Precious Descendants Free versechildren,earth,earth day,
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Ephemeron Free verselife,
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The Fiddler's Cat Coupletimagination,
SIJO -Virgin- Sijofantasy,winter,
Attawapiskat: Orphans of the Stone and Sky Free versecourage,dedication,hope,l
Selene's Domain Rispettoimagination,
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I Knew That You Were Waitting Prose Poetryprayer,romantic,song,
Come Autumn Romanticismromance,autumn,autumn,
Dying young Dramatic Versebody,dark,life,pain,sick,
Whimsical Butterfly Flirtation Quintain (English)butterfly,nature,
Memories Beyond The Door Free versememory,
Good morning Free versemorning,together,
Dear Rosebud Free versedaughter,life,
Princess Fairy Silver Balladeafrica,child,fantasy,
Pink Blossoms Verselife,
Mermaid Fantasy Coupletfantasy,sea,
keep your dreams Rhymedesire,devotion,dream,
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Autumns Birth Blank versebirth,
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Birds of Paradise Villanelleflower,
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Northern Slaves Free verseemotions,metaphor,sad,sla
Among The Many Memories That I Love Free verselove,
Erie Odeimage,inspiration,strengt
HORSE acrostic Acrosticanimal,beauty,
A Poet's Flight of Freedom Dizainpoetry,poets,
The Enchanted Dream Rhymebeauty,love,nature,romanc
Icons Set in Stone Free versetime,
Purple Rhymeart,beauty,blue,color,ins
BROKEN FLOWERS Ethereebeauty,child,love,
The Sounds of White Free versecolor,
the break of day Free verseabsence,day,longing,memor
IF I WERE TINKERBELL Free versefantasy,
- Dancing On The Moon - Light Poetryearth,moon,
The Father Of Light Crown of Sonnetslove,
Erosion (haiku) Haikunatural disasters,nature
Spider's creation Light Poetrybeauty,nature,
More Foolish Footles - Man's Best Friend Footleanimal,funny,dog,dog,
Rain Spider Free verseinsect,nature,
Moon Fairy Free versefairy,fantasy,moon,
Coral Garden Lentocreation,garden,sea,
Flowing like a river Lyricbeauty,environment,faith,
Tree Friends Lyricfantasy,imagination,magic
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GARDEN Haikunature,
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