Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play

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”

Prompt: Write About Water

by Elle Vue Think about: Symbolism Rebirth, renewal Purification Life Reflection Motion Where water is found Ocean Rain Tears Bath Waterfalls What functions does water serve? Hydration Swimming Beauty Cleansing Cooking Steaming How does water entice the senses? Is the water cold or warm? Is this shocking or soothing? Salty or fresh? Does it smellContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Water”

Add Symbolism to Your Poetry

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”

Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color

The key to writing about color without saying the color is to stimulate the five senses of your reader: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste — and the sixth sense: emotions. While you don’t need to incorporate all five senses into your poem, it’s still a good idea to think about them when brainstorming. ThinkContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color”

How to Spruce Up a Flat Poem

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!