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Richie's Recommendations

Post by richie » Fri May 26, 2006 12:53 am

I should also recommend without imagery you have only words

Imagery/sense of place is the HEART of any poem
the building block of the poem for within the world
of your poem you must convey your image and take your Reader with you.
though often written off as decoration or illustration, imagery lies at the heart of a poem. Much of any language is built of dead metaphors, and metaphors in poetry are more sleeping than dead. To put the matter concisely: imagery is the content of thought where attention is directed to sensory qualities: mental images, figures of speech and embodiments of non-discursive truth.
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Consider using imagery to:
1. Externalize thought.
2. Create mood and atmosphere.
3. Give continuity by recurring leitmotifs.
4. Develop plot or increase dramatic effect by abrupt changes in imagery.
5. Exploit the etymology of words to subtly revive their original meanings.

Recommendations
1. Don't mix metaphors too wantonly. Shakespeare did, but fashions change.
2. Find images that are new-struck, resonant and apposite.
3. Avoid imagery altogether rather than employ cliché.
4. Imagery constructs a world: make sure that world is real and vibrant with
contemporary issues.
10 golden rules:
· Show, don't tell
· Do more with less
· Exploit the senses
· Be specific
· Use memory
· Create vivid imagery
· Match sound with meaning
· Start with basics - not rhyme
· Use rhythm & line breaks
· Compare with similes and metaphors

Plan. Ask yourself:
How much time is available? Opening lines can be dashed off in minutes but completion may take days or weeks. Be cautious, and aim perhaps for 5-10 lines in an evening. Don't wait for the muse, but write what you can when you can. Odd phrases and lines are at least something to work from, and more inspiring than a blank page.
When you write letters or tell stories, do you usually start from a newspaper article you've read, an anecdote told or overheard, something witnessed, a general reflection? Start a poem in the way you're most comfortable with.
What sort of poem had you in mind? A story, a comment, a tribute, a protest, an elegy, a character study, a memorial? Skim through contemporary examples to start yourself off.
Concerning the issues involved, imagine the poem were a newspaper article: what points would you make, with what evidence and resounding arguments? Got it together? Go on then: let yourself go. Something will emerge.
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Re: Richie's Recommendations

Post by heinzs » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:53 pm

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