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Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

These lessons, by one of our most consistent FaithWriters' Challenge Champions, should not be missed. So we're making a permanent home for them here.

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Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

Postby glorybee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:21 pm

Nice to hear from you, Laurie! I hope you start writing poetry again.
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Postby Laurie » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:20 pm

I came up with two new ones just minutes ago. There was a fly buzzing in here and it was really getting on my nerves. So I killed him!

And much to his surprise,
He met with his demise.

Then another one started buzzing.

If buzzing is a must,
Another one bites the dust.

Seriously, though, I don't know if or when I'll write poetry again. I have some health problems now that make it hard to do much, including concentrate. I'm struggling to finish an ebook right now. But who knows. There may come a day that I'll be back at it.

I struggle with punctuation in poetry. I can't think of an example at the moment, but it seems that when I dig out poems, I often change the punctuation in them. Who knows if I'm making them better or worse. Ha! :lol:

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Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

Postby glorybee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:08 pm

Laurie wrote:
I struggle with punctuation in poetry. I can't think of an example at the moment, but it seems that when I dig out poems, I often change the punctuation in them. Who knows if I'm making them better or worse. Ha! :lol:


A good starting point for rhymed and metered poetry is to punctuate it as if it were prose. Don't necessarily put punctuation at the end of every line.

Free verse poetry can be punctuated--or not--just about any way you choose.
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Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

Postby Laurie » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:57 pm

That's what I've been doing when I dig out my poems, so I guess I'm on the right track. :) It's hard to explain, but since they aren't complete sentences, sometimes a line can be read either way - alone or with another line. I used to bristle against using a lot of periods in a stanza because I was afraid it would seem choppy and not have the flow I wanted. But I decided I better just stick to the rules. ;)

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Postby RachelM » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:10 am

Yay! This looks like so much fun. I'm a little nervous to do the homework, though. It's a bit of a stretch for me. Believe it or not, I didn't even know about stressed and unstressed syllables until I read your lesson!

I wrote some free-verse poetry as a teen and then stopped writing poetry until about two weeks ago. I feel ready to dive in again, so these lessons are perfect for me right now.

I chose your poem "Meditation on Isaiah 35"

her HEART is a DES ert; a SCORCHED, ar id LAND (11)
where SORR ow is CAC tus, and BIT ter ness, SAND. (11)
she SHEL ters the SCOR pions of LONE li ness THERE: (11)
they FLOUR ish, while FEED ing on WASPS of des PAIR. (11)


I'm just itching to write a poem now!
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Re: Be a Better Writer--MASTERING METER

Postby glorybee » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:55 pm

Absolutely correct, Rachel.
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