By Elle Vue What is “Show Don’t Tell?” When workshopping poetry everyone always screams, “show us, don’t tell us!” But what does this mean? I feel like I’m already showing. How do I put my abstract ideas into concrete sentences? “Show don’t tell” does not necessarily mean one should add more adjectives to frame theContinue reading “How to: Show Instead of Tell”
by Elle Vue How To: Mechanically: 1. Look at the syntax in your poem– the arrangement of your words and phrases. Syntax includes much more than just grammar, it helps provide rhythm, structure, and tone in the poem. ◆ Is the meaning of each sentence clear? This may seem like an obvious mistake to lookContinue reading “Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play”
by Elle Vue Using symbolism in poetry remains vital because poetry contains a sort of nuance compared to other forms of writing; there is much to express in words left unsaid. In this way poetry is like a painting, the viewer (or reader) can project their own experiences of life, thought, and emotion ontoContinue reading “Add Symbolism to Your Poetry”
Have you ever loved the idea and general gusto of a poem but felt it fell flat or seemed cliche? Here are some tips on how to add in some metaphors, symbolism, and philosophy into a poem to give it more life!
Hello, it’s Elle Vue! Today I am going to explain the more mechanical side of writing poetry. In later posts I will break down the process a bit more and explain more of the “why” of what I choose to do. First and foremost it’s important to remember that everyone’s process is different and that’sContinue reading “My Poetry Writing Process”