By Michael J. Bugeja
A consultant to writing poetry, from producing rules to contemplating the complete poem, with sections on journals and genres, instruments of the exchange, codecs and kinds, in addition to examples from the paintings of greater than a hundred poets.
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Did any heart now share in my emotion. . 46 The Art and Craft of Poetry N a t u r e - H u m a n C e l e b r a t i o n . The poet celebrates himself or herself as part of nature, as does Walt Whitman in this excerpt: SPONTANEOUS ME Spontaneous me, Nature, The loving day, the mounting sun, the friend I am happy with, The arm of my friend hanging idly over my shoulder, The hillside whiten'd with blossoms of the mountain ash, The same late in autumn, the hues of red, yellow, drab, purple, and light and dark green, .
Now night falls, its hair caught in the lake's eye. Such clarity of things. Already I've said too much . . Lord, language must happen to you the way this black pane of water, chipped and blistered with stars, happens to me. Andrews is allowing nature to present itself in a context he can understand. He doesn't overburden the poem with comment or flowery words in an attempt to depict nature on the page. He easily could, because the lake holds many memories for him. "Burt Lake is in northern Michigan," Andrews says, "about a halfhour drive from Mackinaw City.
Base at least five ideas for poems on your lists. LEVEL T W O 1. Analyze the lists you made of names and highs, lows and turning points from the Level One exercise. Reread your journal entries. Develop five more ideas based on any incidents left over from your first assignment. 2. Evaluate your love life since you did the Level One exercise and add to or revise your lists, citing new relationships or encounters. ) Devote a passage in your journal to each new romance or encounter and base ideas for five more poems on them.