A photograph to inspire poetry: opening loquat flowers

opening loquat flowers

Above is a photograph of opening loquat flowers.  The final flower looks very different than the beginning and middle stages.  This idea can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

drawing an outline
 according to the instructions
 this will look like a flower
 complete with shading and detail
 when this is done

Artwork to inspire poetry: West Indian Lantana

West Indian Lantana

Above is an artwork of a plant called West Indian Lantana.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

bringing the bouquet
to the door
wondering if
they should have been roses

A photograph to inspire poetry: wallflowers

wallflowers

Above is a photograph of flowers in front of a wall, or wallflowers.  Wallflowers can be an interesting poetry topic.  A poet could write about: parties, mingling, shyness, introversion, extroversion, talking, dancing, and other ideas.  A poet could explore the concept of being a wallflower and what it means, how it is perceived, and how they believe it should be perceived.

Here is an example poem using the idea of wallflowers:

sitting there
by the wall
looking out
with self-conscious eyes

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A photograph to inspire poetry: single red leaf

single red leaf

Above is a photograph of a single red leaf.  It is on a vine that is on an oak tree.  Although the image is bright, it has a somewhat darker idea underneath.

The leaf is red, not because red is bright nice color, but rather because the leaf is dying in the winter.  The vine is losing it leaves.

Additionally, the vine is using the oak tree.  Although the vine benefits from the structure of the tree, it is to the detriment of the tree.

This idea, of something that seems bright in meaning having a darker underside, can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

getting ready
for the party
he put on
his knight costume
little did he know
everyone else
though not all in on the joke
would be dressed normally

Artwork to inspire poetry: Shelter

Shelter

The above artwork is of a shelter.  The representation consists of two posts with a crossbeam that is tied with grass.  On the crossbeam, wood is laid.  On top of the wood are large leaves.  On top of the leaves are more wood.  It represents a shelter a person might make if they were lost in the woods.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet might write about, for example, the situation that led to a person having to make such a shelter.

Here is an example poem using the artwork:

all the time
he kept wondering
if civilization
were just over
the next hill

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A photograph to inspire poetry: the top of a tree

the top of a tree

Above is a photograph of the top of a tree.  The tree has lost its leaves except for one green spot.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about things like resilience, holding on, survival, and so forth.

Here is an example poem:

staring at the clock
from the floor where she fell
they would be home
in forty three more minutes

Poetry essay: Poetry expressing a point of view that differs from the perceived societal viewpoint

Sometimes as a poet you may want to express views in poetry that differ from the way you perceive society to feel.  For example, maybe you are a vegan and believe that eating animals and using animal products is wrong.  You might feel that society overall disagrees with you on this issue.  You may feel that society generally accepts the eating of animals and the use of animal products, even if it doesn’t necessarily speak out against veganism.

In situations like this, you may be wondering what you can do as a poet.  While you want to express your viewpoint, you don’t want to be the recipient of negative comments or get into arguments or debates with people.  You may be wondering how you can express your viewpoint without in some sense clashing with others.

There are a variety options.  Some of them include:

  • Writing obscure poetry. You could write about how you feel in a covered way.  You could express the ideas in such a way that, without delving into the poem, readers might not know what you are expressing.
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  • Writing symbolic poetry. You could express an idea with symbolism.  You could write in such a way as to express the main feeling you have without specifically referencing it.
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  • Writing analogous poetry. You could express your point of view with an analogy.  You could find an analogy that expresses the idea you want in a way that you feel your audience might accept.  You could make your point in such a way that they accept the idea at least in the situation you present.
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  • Writing about common ground. Sometimes when you have a point of view that differs from the way you perceive society to feel, you can find aspects of what you feel that you believe will be accepted.  You could write about those areas that those who disagree with your main idea might still accept.
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  • Writing for a friendly audience. There are a variety of outlets for poetry.  If you feel that there is some portion of society that might disagree with your point of view, you could instead present your point of view to those who would agree.  This could be through publications, with various groups, or with simply people you know who feel the same way you do.
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  • Writing in a conciliatory tone. Writing in this way expresses an idea while acknowledging a difference of opinion.  It reinforces the idea that while you may think differently than someone else, but that doesn’t mean you think the person is bad.
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  • Write positive poetry. Sometimes when you have a point of view that differs from others, you might consider writing negative poetry.  This is poetry that says why the differing view is wrong.  Instead of this, you could write positive poetry.  This is where you describe some aspect of what you believe as good, without basing in terms of something else being bad.