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How To Locate Your True Poetic Voice And Write Poetry With Confidence by Pedro Whyte

Poetry is not a dead or obsolete literary medium however, it is supposed to transition with the times, and is supposed to reflect the culture of the poet, his world-view, beliefs and experiences. Poetry has a wide area of application; as long as an experience can be perceived by any of the five senses, it may the subject matter of a poem. As such, if you should look beyond the cliche topics of poetry which include: love, loss, hate, death, romance, hurt, dreams, and the spiritual aspects of life, you will be able to find an even broader spectrum of topics and interests that could constitute on of your attempts at poetry.

My lecturer for a creative writing poetry course I took, scolded me because of the Old English type of overtone that was present in the ways I expressed myself. This was especially as a result of my plight to swat and copy Shakespeare, Wordsworth and other such writers from the past with words like: thou, behold, thus, therefore. The lecturer wasted no time to remind me that they were dead, and along with them, the ways they expressed themselves in their own lifetimes.

She encouraged me to pay close attention to my syntax, rhyme scheme and word-choice among other things, so as to make sure that I expressed my thoughts from a unique place on the inside that all of us possess. I found this whole concept of poetic voice to be true when the lecturer, after teaching us for a couple of weeks, could tell which student wrote a particular poem even though no name was written under it.

After I scrutinized my own writing over several weeks and studied a poet of choice who had a similar cultural experience and voice to mine; the poet Yusef Komunyakaa. I received commendations for my rustic Caribbean voice that finally emerged and also for the way that this improvement complemented my overall writing talent. The lecturer told me that I was a gifted writer.

She encouraged us to read widely after we located our individual voices, in order to construct a huge repertoire of poetic expression and understanding. She is a published, prize-winning poet and has a personal collection which spans hundreds of publications from all over the world, which she constantly expands, she also reads at least two poetry books a week. These tips will certainly turn you into that wonderful poet you can be.

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About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co. She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

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