Get Your Premium Membership

SHOW not TELL always is POETRY done WELL - Brian Strand's Blog

About Brian Strand
(Show Details...)

SHOW not TELL always is POETRY done WELL

Blog Posted:6/9/2021 1:21:00 AM

An imagist always strives tp keep things simple, particularly ,sensory details.

Image” that is..

 a unique instant of time..

the presentation of which gives..

a sense of sudden liberation..

sense of freedom from time ... and space ..

that sense ..

... experienced in the presence of a works of art..

unrepeatable..... tangible to the moment..

as the saying has it     

   .to present one Image in a lifetime is better  than  volumes of wordplay

because

SHOW DON'T TELL is always poetry done well,no matter the form.

  ....to show rather than tell       is the key to true imagist poetry

,sadly.     much English language hi-ku have words to avoid ,

...like  'as'&'to' & also too often use past tense verbs 

& thus the verse becomes  ' imagery ' rather than imagist

(a subtle difference)

but so important.. yet so often a major flaw in hi-ku & many other forms

by emphasising  'telling' rather.. ..than .....letting their 'words' alone. show 

 

 

...one form alone  illustrates & solves this difficult dilemma & irresistible urge to tell

       Tanka in English

the classic image form combinest the  hiku (3 lines) to show &

the attached couplet thereon ... to tell

 

...to amplify this key watchword in literature why not read more thereon ....

paste this link 

https://www.readpoetry.com/show-dont-tell-poetry/ (and others available  via google )



Please Login to post a comment
Date: 6/9/2021 2:23:00 PM
Brian, thanks for the informative blog, I try to do the show and tell idea, sometimes I get it and sometimes I fail, but I will keep working on it, I think all haiku and senyru should be written in the moment, never past tense, and of course haiku be only about nature and senryu only about humanity, I find so many cannot get that concept, peace _Constance
Login to Reply
Strand Avatar
Brian Strand
Date: 6/9/2021 2:49:00 PM
Yes Constance it does rather separate the wood from trees so to speak..but it is the key to ..poetree

My Past Blog Posts

 
WEEKEND observation
Date Posted: 6/12/2021 12:32:00 AM
SHOW not TELL always is POETRY done WELL
Date Posted: 6/9/2021 1:21:00 AM
PERFECT in UNIQUENESS the EKPHRASIS
Date Posted: 6/1/2021 12:48:00 AM
PERFORMANCE or when poetry became an art inc UPDATE
Date Posted: 5/26/2021 7:20:00 AM
BReAKiNG THE GLASS CeILING
Date Posted: 5/23/2021 1:18:00 AM
Poetry and Prose CLOSE COUNTRY COUSINS
Date Posted: 5/17/2021 12:43:00 AM
SHAVUOT a historic event
Date Posted: 5/16/2021 12:11:00 AM
POETRY is it really an ART
Date Posted: 5/12/2021 12:22:00 AM
GOOD POETRY what is it
Date Posted: 5/5/2021 1:00:00 AM
POETIC inspiration A LIVING event
Date Posted: 4/25/2021 3:50:00 AM
FREEDOM OF TRAVEL an historic event
Date Posted: 4/22/2021 4:41:00 AM
A POETRY soup PROVERB
Date Posted: 4/20/2021 12:59:00 AM
COUPLET true diversity
Date Posted: 3/18/2021 2:30:00 AM
EKPHRASIS see say show and tell
Date Posted: 3/17/2021 1:52:00 AM
SONNET a little song of several variations
Date Posted: 3/15/2021 1:45:00 AM
QUATRAIN the classic for variation
Date Posted: 3/13/2021 6:39:00 AM
LANTERNE a shape to sequence
Date Posted: 3/11/2021 6:54:00 AM
TANKA a show AND tell FORM
Date Posted: 3/9/2021 7:38:00 AM
AMERICAN CINQUAIN the form
Date Posted: 3/7/2021 3:37:00 AM
TETRACTYS the form
Date Posted: 3/3/2021 2:47:00 AM
IMAGINE
Date Posted: 2/21/2021 1:19:00 AM
FLUXUS a happening in words
Date Posted: 2/17/2021 1:43:00 AM
REJOICE a word in season
Date Posted: 2/14/2021 7:44:00 AM
MY FOOTLE LIVES
Date Posted: 1/31/2021 3:39:00 AM
A WORD IN SEASON FOR TODAY
Date Posted: 1/11/2021 11:43:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/13/2021 SAVED in my MEMORYBANK Rhymenostalgia,
6/12/2021 SOUNDS from my MEMORY BANK Rhymesound,
6/12/2021 WINTER wear so COOL Rhymeschool,
6/12/2021 STILL life INTARSIA of the EYE Ekphrasisart,
6/11/2021 TYROL takeaway Rhymechristian,vacation,
6/11/2021 SUMMER Rhymesummer,
6/10/2021 A HAPPENING Rhymechristian,faith,
6/10/2021 AGE a testimony Rhymeage,
6/9/2021 RIDING out Rhymesports,
6/8/2021 DANCE dance by perchance Rhymedance,
6/8/2021 KISMET Rhymelove,
6/7/2021 CHILDHOOD memories Rhymechildhood,memory,
6/6/2021 MEMORIES made of this Rhymechildhood,nostalgia,
6/5/2021 SPECTRUM Rhymeart,color,
6/4/2021 SWIRLING swatches Rhymeart,
6/3/2021 GREAT UNCLE ALBERT an epitaph Rhymetribute,war,
6/2/2021 NATURECYCLE Rhymebird,nature,
6/1/2021 VENETIAN VISIT Rhymenostalgia,places,vacation
5/31/2021 JUNE Rhymeengland,june,
5/31/2021 AVA aka anas anatidae Rhymefood,nostalgia,
5/30/2021 LOCKING legacy Rhymefamily,
5/29/2021 steepleCHASE day Rhymehistory,memory,sports,
5/28/2021 FREDDIE the frog Rhymegarden,nature,
5/27/2021 GOING to the ZOO Rhymecelebration,family,
5/26/2021 AN ARCHITECT of human form Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/25/2021 NOT prose BUT poetry Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/24/2021 CAPTAIN courageous Rhymenostalgia,sports,tribute,
5/23/2021 GRANPA shreeve Rhymegrandfather,nostalgia,tri
5/22/2021 GARDEN ponds Rhymegarden,nature,
5/21/2021 AN ABSTRACT in words Imagismart,poetry,
5/20/2021 RODIN kiss think applaud Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/19/2021 FAMILY LIFE afloat Rhymeboat,people,
5/18/2021 ONCE upon a TIME at easter Pastoraleaster,
5/17/2021 REFLECTED PERCEPTION the ultimate ego trip Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/16/2021 THOSE were the DAYS Rhymechildhood,nostalgia,
5/15/2021 PASTORAL pastiche Pastoralnature,places,
5/14/2021 RETICENCE to reclusivity Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/13/2021 LET ME tell you a story Rhymeeducation,
5/12/2021 ORIGINS Rhymefamily,memory,
5/11/2021 THE OFFICE a chronicle Rhymebusiness,memory,
5/10/2021 MARKET DAY Rhymememory,nostalgia,
5/9/2021 Names and MEMORY games Rhymememory,nostalgia,,western
5/7/2021 SWEET memories Rhymechildhood,nostalgia,
5/6/2021 RUNNING free Verseriver,seasons,spring,
5/5/2021 WHICH path To TAKE Pastoralallegory,
5/5/2021 A MAN WHO TALKS of abstraction Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/4/2021 A JOURNEY into the surreal INBETWEEN Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/3/2021 METAPHORICALLY speaking Ekphrasisart,tribute,
5/2/2021 SYMBOLIC FANTASIES in poetized art Verseart,poetry,tribute,
5/1/2021 A BEST FRIEND saga contrast Rhymenostalgia,pets,tribute,
4/30/2021 BREAD pudding DAY Versefood,grandmother,
4/29/2021 MAY Shapemay,
4/29/2021 DEPICTIONS diminished Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/28/2021 EXPERIMENTS in blue Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/27/2021 MULTIPLE manifestations Clerihewart,tribute,
4/27/2021 IMPRINTS of IDENTITY Clerihewart,tribute,
4/25/2021 ONE SPRING DAY Versespring,travel,
4/23/2021 E N G L A hip hip hooray TODAY Verseengland,patriotic,tribute
4/22/2021 S and D railway Clerihewtravel,tribute,
4/22/2021 ALFONSE of austria Clerihewart,tribute,
4/21/2021 DUCHAMP displayed Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/21/2021 A BODY in motion Clerihewart,tribute,
4/20/2021 N A and all that Clerihewcommunity,humorous,
4/18/2021 TEN TALES of remembrance Versefamily,nostalgia,
4/17/2021 EMBLEMATIC poses JRV Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/17/2021 IF MUSIC BE --- play on Clerihewart,music,tribute,
4/16/2021 A STORY of wine Versewine,
4/15/2021 A WINDOW on HiS art Clerihewart,humorous,
4/14/2021 Velazquez SIGHS and EYES Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/12/2021 SPRING Pastoralspring,
4/11/2021 BEYOND the BEYOND Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/9/2021 OPAQUE circles Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/8/2021 FLUXUS Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/7/2021 nature mort DEPICTIONS Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/6/2021 TWO for PRICE of ONE Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/5/2021 BLAUE REITER a ride on blue print Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/4/2021 PAINTING a vermeer verity Ekphrasisallegory,art,
4/3/2021 VERMEER my dear Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/2/2021 ABSTRACTION at large Ekphrasisart,tribute,
4/1/2021 STAIRS to repentance Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/31/2021 APRIL Pastoralapril,
3/30/2021 MIGRAINE misgivings Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/28/2021 APPARITIONS in colour Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/28/2021 PENCHANTS aloud Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/27/2021 Take HEART Versechristian,
3/26/2021 MASTERSTROKES of assimulation Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/25/2021 FOUND a phrasis Verseeulogy,
3/24/2021 TANGIBLE miracles Verseimagery,
3/22/2021 IMPROVISATION aloud Verseimagery,
3/21/2021 ILLUSIONS of MULTIPLICITY magnified Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/20/2021 WORDS will muse a phrasis Verseextended metaphor,poetry,
3/18/2021 WOLS with eyes closed Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/17/2021 FACADES in varied repetitions Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/15/2021 STILLS statuesque Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/13/2021 MANET model Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/12/2021 VIENNA in giddy gravitas Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/9/2021 METAPHORS of transience Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/8/2021 BLAUE REITERS ride and paint Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/7/2021 BRUCKE an inner necessity Ekphrasisart,tribute,
3/5/2021 PEREFECTION peopled Ekphrasisart,tribute,

My Photos


photo

ps_Abflower3.jpg

Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,,sweet lo
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Versefunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature,
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature,
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,music,
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational
Coloring Page Sonnetallegorylove,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Brian Strand United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read