A photograph to inspire poetry: ladybug

ladybug

Above is a photograph of a ladybug.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Beware ye aphids!
The armored menace is coming!
The menace is coming!
AHHHHH!!!!

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Poetry essay: Poems are like fruit trees

In a metaphorical way, poems are like fruit trees.  If you look at poems like they are fruit trees, you can improve your work.

Purpose

Both fruit trees and poems have a purpose.  Fruit trees produce fruit and poems express ideas and emotions.

When selecting a fruit tree, it is important to get one that grows the fruit you want.  When writing a poem, it is important to write one that expresses things the way you want.

Climate

Different fruit trees grow in different places.  Fruit trees have to be able to make it through the winter where they are.  They also have to be able to deal with the heat and the amount of rainfall.

In a similar way, poetry is affected by the climate around them.  How a poem will be received, can be influenced by what is going on that affects the audience for the poem.  A poem that might be viewed favorably at one time and place, might not be viewed so at another time and place.

Place

In additional to general climate, where you specifically plant a fruit tree matters.  Different trees have different light, moisture, and soil requirements.  A tree might do well in one place on a property, but not in another.

The same idea applies to poems.  Poems can do better in some presentations than in others.  Some poems work well for blogs, others do better in magazines, and others do better in social media.  It depends on the context and the audience.  A poem that works well on a greeting card, might not work well in a literary magazine.

Partners

For some fruit trees to produce fruit they need other fruit trees around them for pollination.  Sometimes they need different varieties.

The same idea can apply to poems.  Poems can be affected by the other poems around them.  The poem that a person reads before and after a poem can affect how they view the poem in question.

Watering

Fruit trees need regular watering.  Depending on the tree, they need deep watering at infrequent times, as opposed to shallow watering frequently.

Watering patterns could be viewed as a metaphor for time spent writing poetry.  Some poetry can be improved by setting aside a specific time and writing for an extended period of time.

Pruning

Fruit trees need pruning.  They need pruning to remove dead and diseased wood.  They need to pruning to help maintain their shape.  They need pruning to open up their forms.  They need pruning to help reduce disease and pests in some cases.  They need pruning to improve fruit production.

Pruning can be looked at as editing poems.  Poems benefit from editing.  Editing removes errors and mistakes.  Editing helps a poet see what parts should be removed and what parts should be moved around.  Editing helps a poet improve word choice and form.  Editing helps a poet make a poem more concise.

Fertilizing

Fruit trees need fertilizer.  Fertilizer helps with leaf growth, root formation, and fruit production.  Fruit trees need nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other elements.  Without fertilizer, or some other addition of nutrients, a fruit tree will not reach its full potential.

Fertilizer for poetry could be looked at as a poet learning things that helps them improve their poetry.  It could be working on meter or rhyme.  It could be learning about metaphor and symbolism.  It could be reading other poets’ work to learn about ideas and presentation.  The idea is that a poet needs to learn things so their work can improve, the same way a tree needs fertilizer so it can grow.

Pest and disease control

Pests and disease need to be prevented, and if not, treated on a fruit tree if the fruit tree is to remain healthy.  There many ways this can be done ranging from having clean pruning cuts to using pesticide.

Pests and disease could be viewed as things that hurt a poet in their work.  It could be stress, it could be negative comments about their poetry, or it could be negative feelings about their own work.

A poet needs to prevent and remove themselves from things that hurt their work if they want their work to have a chance to be the best it can be.

Experimental Poetry Form: acrostic across

Today’s experimental poetry form is called acrostic across.  The form contains one stanza with four lines.  Each line has as its first word a base word, this base word is used for the acrostic aspect of that line.

To illustrate the form, below is an example line.  In this line the base word is underlined and the acrostic letters are in bold.

Time is missing elements

As can be seen, the base word is “Time”.  This word is used as an acrostic base for the line.  The first word in the line, being the base word, starts with the first letter of the base word, the second word starts with the second letter, the third word starts with the third letter and the fourth word starts with the fourth letter.

This idea of acrostic across is used for all four lines of the poem.  Each line of the poem will have a variable number of words depending on the base word of the line.

Below is an example poem using the form.  It is written first just as a poem, and below it, it is written again with the base word of each line underlined and the acrostic letters in bold.

Here is the example poem:

Seeds enter entirely dark space
what happens after that
is something
hope of possibilities emerges

Here is the example poem with the form elements noted:

Seeds enter entirely dark space
what happens after that
is something
hope of possibilities emerges

Artwork to inspire poetry: mosquito

mosquito

Above is an artwork of a mosquito.  Below are some poetry ideas from it.  A poet could write about:

  • Mosquitos. A poet could focus on different aspects.  They might write about their place in nature, the idea of them being pests, ideas about disease or other things.  A poet could focus on seasons and place.  They could also use the ideas symbolically for other things.
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  • Blood. A poet could write about different things related to blood.  They could write about donating blood, blood tests, bleeding, the idea of being related and other things.
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  • Vulnerability. A poet could think about how vulnerable mosquitos are and apply the idea metaphorically to different situations.

Here is an example poem:

A hat,
long sleeve shirt,
pants,
long socks,
closed shoes,
gloves,
spray,

middle of summer,
armor for gardening.

Poem with an explanation: Rows

the sun rises,
the sun sets,
the moon rises,
the moon sets,
circles,
circles,
imprints in the soil,
a row of jade,
a row of copper,
a row of emerald,
a row of copper,
iron falls,
mountains rise,
valleys form,
meteors fall,
mountains erode,
rains,
a fox runs,
floods,
the sun rises,
the sun sets,
hope

 

This poem is about gardening.  The first six lines are about a person putting off doing work in their garden.  Days pass, nights pass and weeks pass.  The circles refer to cycles in time related to the sun and moon.

The seventh line imprints in the soil are about the moment the person stops putting off the task, and walks out to the garden.  The person walking is referenced by their footsteps.  The steps being in soil, are a reference to gardening.

The next four lines are about two garden beds.  Each bed had two types of seeds planted in it.  Over time, one type of seed in each bed sprouted, but the other didn’t.  Looking at the beds, this would look like a row of green and a row of brown in one bed, then another row of green and a row brown in the other bed.  This is referenced in the poem as the row of jade then copper and the row of emerald then copper.

In the next five lines, the person in the poem plants new seeds where the first set of seeds did not sprout.  The person uses a rake (iron falls), they pull the soil back (mountains rise), they drop seeds (meteors fall), and they cover the seeds with the soil they pulled back (mountains erode).

The next three lines describe the seeds being watered.  The rains line is about the water starting to come from the hose, the a fox runs line is about a dog who was near the garden, who ran away when the water started to flow from the hose, and the floods line is about the garden being watered.

The next three lines refer to the person waiting to see if the new seeds sprout.