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What Do We Want From A Poem? - Julia Ward's Blog

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I started writing poems in 2011 and find it an excellent hobby. 

Where I live is in France, but I am English.

My poetic philosophy is this -

Understatement in poetry gives more to think about than overstatement.


What Do We Want From A Poem?

Blog Posted:3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM


My Answer - Not Necessarily Imagery

Imagery is not the only criteria for a good poem, and indeed many good poems don't have this.  It is such a shame that SHOW, DON'T TELL is a reminder on some sites, as it doesn't take account of intellectual poems.  The latter is a far more rewarding type to compose and it doesn't have the "look at me - aren't I wonderful?", "forced to be beautiful" presentation in the imagery at all costs poem.  If I want to see a beautiful lake, I can see one in a photo or painting or in real life.  Any of those will do a better job than words.  Words have primarily an intellectual, not descriptive purpose, I would argue.  There is such a thing as an adjectival overload in poems.




to misquote a footle I once saw.

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My Past Blog Posts

"Mary had a little lamb" - A Variation
Date Posted: 8/15/2017 1:21:00 AM
The Beauty of Rules
Date Posted: 8/14/2017 12:42:00 AM
At the Footbridge - Explanatory Poem
Date Posted: 6/17/2017 1:12:00 AM
At the Footbridge - A Reminder
Date Posted: 6/16/2017 1:55:00 AM
At The Footbridge - A Reminder that my contest title was composed by me BEFORE the Limerick Collaboration
Date Posted: 6/14/2017 4:06:00 AM
What Do We Want From A Poem?
Date Posted: 3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
Mark Massey has put music to my "Song For Beulah" and it's now embedded on my poem page.
Date Posted: 2/25/2017 11:20:00 AM
Touch and Go - Flash Fiction
Date Posted: 11/24/2016 3:27:00 AM
My example poem is posted, called "Party At Nora's Nosh".
Date Posted: 10/17/2016 11:47:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/22/2016 2:41:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/13/2016 2:15:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/2/2016 7:53:00 AM
Second Try or Second Chance Contests - A Request to Judges
Date Posted: 6/6/2016 4:35:00 AM
Thinking about Last Line Prompt - 2
Date Posted: 6/2/2016 9:28:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/18/2015 12:27:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/9/2015 12:21:00 PM

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