A series of posts about poetry 101
Play with cliches, they dull meaning but readers are familiar with them so twist them…as blind as a bat. As hungry as a pig. As tired as a cat. On the horns of a miracle.
Sentimentality is “dominated by a blunt appeal to the emotions of pity and love.” (Minot 416)
poetry should stimulate six senses:
“Sunlight varnishes magnolia branches crimson” (sight)
“Vacuum cleaner’s whir and hum startles my ferret” (hearing)
“Penguins lumber to their nests” (kinesiology)
Metaphor – the singer is the moon
Simile – the singer is like the moon
Use concrete words. Orange. Salt. Lemon. Warm.
Don’t use abstract. Happy. Love. Peace.
Show a strategy words using simile and concrete words.
NO “She felt happy.”
YES“Her smile spread like red tint on ripening tomatoes.”
YES. Theme = Idea + Opinion
NO. Theme – irish rebellion
Subvert the Ordinary