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Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.
1/30/2012 9:08:17 AM

Wesley Evans
Posts: 2
I'm curious how others here use different poetry forms.
I'm just starting out writing and I've been experimenting with a bunch of different forms. I would assume that others do the same, but do you eventually find a particular form and stick with it or is poetry for you a constant series of experiments and trying new things?
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7/7/2014 7:56:57 PM

cheryl higgins
Posts: 12
Forms are a fun way to experiment. I often will read a poet and like how they used form and try to break it down then try it myself. I tried a Tanka. Tanka is a Haiku, which is three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables. Tanka adds two more lines of 7 and 7.

A Tanka takes the representation given in a haiku, and expands on it with a bit of surprise or interest. For example:
Tanka (by Cheryl Higgins)

In the winter cold
grey trees crack in the grey air
an old harrow rusts
The woods, waiting, draw no breath
Nor can I waiting for you
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7/8/2014 9:49:46 PM

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 214
Form is irrelevant Wesley. Does the writing have emotional content? If yes, it's poetry, if no, it's prose.
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