Poetry topic idea: The Moon

Today’s poetry topic idea is the Moon.  The Moon is the answer to the riddle in yesterday’s poem.

The Moon can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  The poem yesterday used three.

In the first stanzas of the poem (after the part where the riddle is said to be a poem) the idea of perspective is examined.  If a person looks at the Moon in the right way, it can appear to fit between their fingers.  It almost looks like it could be held.  In some way, it looks very small.

In reality though, the Moon is very large.  It is one of the biggest things a person will ever see (with the exception of other things in space).  This is a strange dichotomy.

From one perspective of sight, the Moon can appear very small.  From another perspective of relative size, the Moon is very large.  It can depend on how a person is thinking about it.

This idea of changing perspective could be used in poetry.  Many things can seem different depending on how they are viewed.  This includes visual things, but also a person’s emotional response to situations.  Things can appear differently depending on how they are viewed.

In the second stanza of the main poem, the idea of defined uniqueness is examined.  The Moon is one of many orbiting satellites in space.  There is, in some sense, nothing special about the Moon.  There are many “moons”.  Despite this though, the Moon is special.  It is the Moon of Earth.  It has a uniqueness to this planet.

This idea can be used in poetry.  There are many examples where something feels unique but really isn’t.  Think of all the mass produced items a person owns, for example.  Each of those items are theirs.  Each of the items has a certain uniqueness and history.  Despite this though, each of the items is mass produced.  Each is one of thousands or millions.  There is little unique about them, at least at a high level.  While the items may have acquired some uniqueness over time, they are still very similar to many other items.

In the last stanza of the main poem, the idea of what is seen compared to what is real is examined.

Throughout a month, the Moon goes through phases.  To someone just looking up, the Moon appears to appear and disappear.  There are times when no Moon can be seen.  There are times when only half the Moon can be seen.

Despite this though, the Moon isn’t really appearing or disappearing.  To the best of M. Sakran’s knowledge, it is being covered up by the shadow of the Earth.  The Moon is still there.

This idea of what is seen being compared to reality can be used in poetry.  The obvious example might be watching a magic trick.  To a person watching, the magician sawed the assistant in two.  In reality though, the assistant was fine.

In a somewhat more typical poetry sense, the idea could be applied to human relationships.  There are many times where someone’s seen actions are different from their feelings and motivation.  This idea could be used in poetry.

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