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greenHow is originality fostered?

1. By personal difficulties, particularly in childhood, that have been worked through. Analyse and meet these difficulties.

2. By unswerving self-honesty. Ask yourself: is this what you really hoped to write? Could you not dig deeper into the wellsprings of the poem?

3. By starting afresh, expanding your repertoire with new techniques and new themes.

4. By pacing yourselves, drawing up timetables of writing that extend and build on previous accomplishments.

5. By working in related fields: writing novels, short-stories, articles: particularly where these unlock new perspectives and energies.


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~ pronounced pae-neh-SEE-eh (noun) – A remedy for everything, for all problems or difficulties; a cure-all, a catholicon. From Latin “panacea,” a herb Romans believed could cure all diseases. The word was borrowed from Greek panakeia “universal cure,” the feminine of the adjective panakeios “all-healing” from pan “all” + akos “cure.”

The Greek adjective pan “all” also appears in Pandaemonium, the all-demon city in the Hell of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’ It is productively used to create adjectives like “pan-Arab,” “pan-African,” “pan-American,” whose abbreviation, “Panam” underlies the name of Panama. “Pan” can also be seen in panegyric “elaborate oration of praise” from Greek panegyris “public festival,” originally based on pan- + agora “assembly” + -ikos “ic.”

I’ve read on many poets in the past few years and found that a lot of them had great trials and turmoil’s in their past. Some even being in asylums and committing suicide. Join me here in reading and discovering more about our great writers of the past. Then turn that knowledge to our on usage and advantage. So with that being said, what I’m hoping to provide in this blog is a “Panacea”, a cure all for poets fighting depression, going on a wild roller coaster ride of hills and valleys, writers block, and various other ailments…

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Bottled Up Sentiments

I would like to welcome Bottled Up Sentiments, our latest blog addition to our growing contributors.  Click on the image to visit this beautifully designed blog!

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Bruce Dobson


I would like to welcome Bruce Dobson to our group.  Bruce posts his poetry on his own blog.  Click on the image to visit his blog.  His blog is also listed on our Links Page under Poetry Blogs.

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From time to time I would like to introduce you to poets that may have escaped your radar, James Merrill is one of those poets.

Poet James Merrill

from James Merrill, “Object Lessons” (a review of two books by Franis Ponge in the New York Review of Books in 1972). rep. in J. D. McClatchy, Recitative: Prose by James Merrill (North Point: San Francisco, 1986), 111-112.

A pity about that lowest former of humor. It is suffered, by and large, with groans of aversion, as though one had done an unseemly thing in adult society, like slipping a hand up the hostess’s dress. Indeed, the punster has touched, and knows it if only for being so promptly shamed, upon a secret, fecund place in language herself. The pun’s objet trouvé aspect cheapens it further – why? A Freudian slip is taken seriously: it betrays its maker’s hidden wish. The pun (or the rhyme, for that matter) “merely” betrays the hidden wish of words.

It betrays also a historical dilemma. If World War I snapped, as we hear tell, the threads of civilization except where it continued briefly to baste the memories of men like Valéry and Joyce, the next generation’s problem was to create works whose resonance lasted more than a season. A culture without Greek or Latin or Anglo-Saxon goes off the gold standard. How to draw upon the treasure?

At once representing and parodying our vital wealth, the lightweight crackle of wordplay would retain no little transactional power in the right hands. But was it – had the gold itself been – moral? Didn’t all that smack of ill-gotten gains? Even today, how many poets choose the holy poverty of some secondhand diction, pure dull content in translation from a never-to-be-known original. “There is no wing like meaning,” said Stevens. Two are needed to get off the ground.

Learn More About James Merrill here.

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I think the role of poetry is greatly understated in today’s world. Whether it is poetry written by a modern author or not there are always poems out there that today’s reader can relate to, find inspiration, wisdom or simply entertainment.

I would love to see more general interest as well as more time spent in schools to get the young readers attracted to poetry.

Poetry is considered a literary art and there many kinds of poems. I will leave it to professionals to analyze and structure them, but they have one common denominator: efficiency. Poems are usually short art forms that use very few words to convey the message.

They can be dramatic, inspirational, funny, casual or formal. They can relate to people or events like poetry for any occasions. They can make us reflect upon life or laugh at it. I certainly hope they can also entertain.

Poetry can stand on its own or be combined with other arts like music. Not everyone associates poetry with songs.  Songs are such a great part of our everyday life and we may not even think that probably most of them started as lyric poetry. Most all of us have our favorite song.

We know all the lyrics by heart since we listened to it many times. Many times we associate the song with certain events. Just hearing the song on the radio can take us back to that event or inspire certain mood.

Poetry is very powerful medium. It is also very fun to write. Children especially are very fond of it and it is quite easy to direct their interest to writing poems. Children’s imagination is quite vivid and they usually have no trouble finding the subject for their writing. I think it is important to stimulate and cherish children’s ability to write.

But it doesn’t mean that if you are an adult it’s too late to start writing poetry.  There are a lot of references online that help with rhyming if you choose more traditional format. Reading examples of the work of other authors helps too.

It is very gratifying to write a poem. It’s not like you need to write a novel to prove that you can write. Just find a quiet place and tap into this inner energy, which was probably there all along, and have fun.

You can make it a family event too. Good place to start could be a poem about your own family. Personalizing the greeting cards for friends and family with short poems is another way to express your hidden talents.

Just wait until you see the surprise on their faces; they will certainly appreciate your efforts to make them feel very special. Good Luck finding a Shakespeare within you!

Alexandra Garland – author of Simple Words Collection of Poems. To preview her poetry please visit http://simplewordspoetry.com or http://simplewordspoetrycorner.blogspot.com

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Each poet has his or her own way of composing poetry. Here are six interesting poetic m.o.’s:

*The Roman poet Virgil was said to walk through his gardens all day long, and by sunset, if he’d had a good day at work, he had produced…a single line.

*Elizabethan and Jacobean poet Ben Jonson said he would write out a prose paragraph stating the poem’s content, and then sit down and write the poem. Now that’s discipline!

*Renaissance English poet John Milton went blind in 1651, yet he didn’t start creating Paradise Lost in earnest until 1663. How did he do it? He dictated it to a secretary!

*Modern American poet Thoedore Roethke had an interesting use for his bed. Whenever he got stuck while writing a poem, he would hop into bed, and when he felt he had solved his poetic problem, he would get up and start to write again.

*Frank O’Hara, a poet of the New York School, wrote a whole book of poems titled Lunch Poems. O’Hara, seldom known to turn down a party, would have lunch with his New York pals, then return to his job at the Museum of Modern Art, put a piece of paper in his typewriter, type out a poem, and then get back to his “real job.”

I generally like to get to be a part of nature. After spending at least an hour or two outside, I find that my emotions return to me more clean, more vivid. I can then sit down to write those emotions out. After I find a nice list of emotions that resulted from my experience in nature, I then begin a poem.

What is the way you call upon the Muse?

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