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Blog Posted:3/18/2018 8:29:00 AM

I love words, and I like to think I have a good working vocabulary. I prefer simpler words, but sometimes a less common one needs to be used to convey a certain "nuance", or achieve a certain level of precision. But if something can be said simply, it should be. Using "big" words isn't always impressive. Getting points across simply, succinctly, but with great clarity, is. It's sort of like using the word "use" rather than utilizing the word "utilize" (see my article "On Writing Poetry"). As a writer, it's my job/challenge to choose/use/utilize words to make the mundane seem magical.

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Date: 3/21/2018 10:11:00 AM
Jim, I love words too, even as a young girl dictionaries fascinated me and still do, I have a vast collection of all kinds some very old, and some brand new, I like to think of a word, then find other words to express the same feeling and mood for use in my poetry, but like you I like simple words, I need to understand what I am writing and reading... using big words, or odd words sometimes just makes me not want to read more...
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Date: 3/21/2018 12:09:00 PM
Yes, BW. I like to "challenge" my readers now and then, but I try very hard not to frighten them off with my word choices. Thanks.
Date: 3/20/2018 9:51:00 AM
(3) ... I find no point in that. If we share our work with others, it is in order to affect them or touch them in some way, (otherwise, why bother sharing, if we're the only ones who understand it?), and if we use device to the point of it no longer making sense, then what's the use? Big, fancy, profound words don't impress me, but using words - ANY words, big AND small - in creative, unusual, beautiful, and SENSIBLE ways - now THAT gets my blood flowing! (Great topic, Jim!)
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Date: 3/20/2018 1:26:00 PM
Thanks for weighing in, Gregory.
Date: 3/20/2018 10:12:00 AM
Bravo Greg I agree with every word you said so eloquently. :-) hugs jan xx
Date: 3/20/2018 9:50:00 AM
(2) Big and "fancy" words are wonderful, when used in the correct way, (or in creative but SENSIBLE ways), and can add a great deal of depth and profundity and beauty to a piece, but so can creative and imaginative use of SIMPLE words and phrases, (as with unusual metaphor), if again, it is done in ways that make SENSE. I pride myself in creating unusual and unique imagery and phrasing, (though I still have much to learn), but I won't go about it if it is difficult to understand, or just complex for complexity's sake ... (continued)
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Date: 3/20/2018 10:12:00 PM
lol - yeah, I think most know the root word and can make the connection, though there's nothing wrong with helping folks learn new words and expanding their vocabulary, especially poets, (I almost changed it, though, buddy, lol). :-D
Date: 3/20/2018 9:49:00 AM
(1) I am a word lover as well, however I have a pet peeve for when I see people stuffing their work with "big" or "fancy" or unusual words, merely so others will think their work is deep or profound or articulate, (and I see a lot of that here and on other sites, with a pack of less articulate folks willing to jump on and praise them for it, lol). Sad thing is, most intelligent people KNOW when others are doing this, or when they're using those words improperly, so while it may prop them up on the pedestal of mediocrity, it's really not getting them ANYwhere. (continued)
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Date: 3/18/2018 9:46:00 PM
Searching till the poetic perfection of an image conveys a thought so pure and universal one cannot help but weep, then act. Still striving. :-)))
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 3/19/2018 1:37:00 PM
So are we all, Wayne. Thanks.
Date: 3/18/2018 11:02:00 AM
I've been told I have a 'simple' poetic style but i do like to learn new words. I find reading a high faluting' poem where i need a dictionary with almost every line very off putting and its so difficult to understand what the author is trying to say i usually give up reading it:-( Each to their own I guess:-) hugs Jan xx
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/25/2018 8:13:00 AM
Jan, this is exactly how I feel.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/20/2018 9:57:00 AM
I wouldn't call your work simple at all, Jan, although it is simply "joyous" and "beautiful", and phrased in sensible ways that almost anyone can understand and relate to ... that is a GIFT, my friend, and a wonderful and rare gift, at that. <3
Date: 3/18/2018 12:28:00 PM
I agree with you Jim but if there's a glut of large words and you have to stop to discover what they mean it spoils the flow and potential enjoyment of a poem:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 3/18/2018 12:03:00 PM
Thanks, Jan. For me, it's not the size of the words a writer uses/utilizes, but the way he/she chooses/uses/utilizes them that make the writing "magical" and meaningful.
Date: 3/18/2018 8:38:00 AM
Agreed, Jim. That is my style too however it is pleasant to read different styles that convey different moods. It's wonderful that poetry offers such a vast array of genres. Something for everyone.
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Date: 3/18/2018 11:58:00 AM
Indeed it does, Line.

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