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The Mind’s Eye and Poetry

April 8, 2014 , , ,

Poetry is an expression of wonder.  Painting a scene with words is one way to keep a vision eternal.  I can see the Asyrians come down like a wolf on the fold when I hear this poem.  The colorful battlefield Lord Byron creates poetically lasts forever.  He was not at the battle, but he has made it part of our cultural memory.  Each of us has experiences that are unique to us, that only we can express.  Poetry is a vehicle for these stories or impressions to reach the mind’s eye of the reader.  If we do not tell those tales or color in the details of the scenes we have seen, they will not be told.  A sense of wonder and willingness to write are the only tools needed.  There are good reasons to write poetry:

  • Vocabulary can be used in new ways and expanded
  • Creativity  and self expression can be enhanced
  • Memories can be savored and expressed
  • Places and events can be chronicled
  • Emotional elements can be exposed and refined
  • Personalities can be developed artistically

Consider celebrating Poetry Month this April by writing some of your own.  You will not meet the poet within until you try.  Tomorrow, April 9, 2014, at noon  you can join NPR on twitter writing a collaborative poem.  Using the hashtag #CSPoetry contribute a line to the poem.  The Code Switch poem will be presented in the stream when completed.  You just don’t know what will happen next.  You only have to think of one good line.  Go for it, Gentle Readers.  Do some gentle writing.

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Althought I never tried to write poems I have the experience, that I never know what I will write. I have a subject and start writing. Very often I feel that “it writes on it’s own” and I am tne person who is the most surprised about the results. Since I like surprises I probably enjoy writing.

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Brigitte Kobi

April 8, 2014

You may be budding poet…..German poetry, like German rap, is really very entertaining in itself, meaning or no meaning…just the way it sounds. I would also be fun to write poetry with those EXTREME long words.

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mermaidcamp

April 8, 2014

Or a contest. Who can build the longest word which still makes sense.

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Brigitte Kobi

April 8, 2014

or a poem of just two or three long words…this sound like fun!!!

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mermaidcamp

April 8, 2014

He’s so great at this recitation. Such meaning – I love it! love your poetic suggestions!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

April 9, 2014

For me it is always back to my mother who could recite this type of dramatic poetry from heart till her death. Very powerful stuff

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London-Unattached.com

April 13, 2014

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I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest
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Kandy

April 18, 2014

Thanks, Kandy. I have not done any guest blogging, but will e mail you to discuss it. I appreciate your visit.

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mermaidcamp

April 18, 2014

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