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Does anyone have an interest in poetry? I picked up an interest while I was studying Latin in college (if you're studying Latin, you WILL take a class in Latin poetry, in Virgil if no one else). Adapting classical meters to English seemed like a fun excercise. I took a few classes writing poetry in English, and learned a few English verse-forms, although free verse seems to be the norm. Though I read some examples that definitely impressed me, I never got into the habit of reading poems in English and I wonder how I could get started. I never subscribed to any poetry journals and though I tried submitting a few of my poems I haven't written more than a handful of verses after graduating. (My Latin language skills are stagnating as well unfortunately).
I want to write a poem, but I've forgotten how to write one. I think I never properly learned how to write one. It was taught to me, and I did some poems, but I think it was confusing. Maybe it was much more difficult than I thought/think it is or maybe it never came naturally to me. How do you write a poem? Do you just write something that you could be thinking and write it in a way that would seem like a poem such as group them into stanzas and whatnot or do you count the syllables, sounds, words? Is there a general structure such as you can only have 8 words in one line or is it like writing (aside from spelling and grammar) that you just write away into paragraphs, etc.? I know some poems like a sonnet need a certain structure, number of syllables, lines, rhyme structure, but from what I recall, if I remember rightly, you could have a poem that doesn't follow a strict structure and just rhymes like this AABB, BBCC... or ABAB, BCBC... (not sure if either of those are correct) Is there more to it than that? Or is that pretty much it?
Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short poems (17 syllables within a 5/7/5 syllable format) that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries. Write your Haiku, here -
I've recently obtained an interest and a sort of appreciation for lyrics in music. I personally find they can be very interesting to look up and interpret and so on. So I've been thinking about making this thread for a while, and now seemed like a good time to me. So basically, this is where we can post about song lyrics, discuss them, interpret, and generally share the love for interesting lyrics! You are also more than welcome to post links to songs with these lyrics, should you wish to do that. Also, remember that this is by all means, not a game. This is simply for those interested in song lyrics and lyrical appreciation. ______________________________________________________ I will personally start by posting some snippets from songs I like, and their song and artist. Since I'm a big fan of progressive metal group Dream Theater, I have chosen to put these in here to start with... Dream Theater - Metropolis PT 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper "As a child, I thought I could live without pain without sorrow As a man I've found it's all caught up with me I'm asleep yet I'm so afraid Somewhere like a scene from a memory There's a picture worth a thousand words Eluding stares from faces before me It hides away and will never be heard of again Deceit is the second without end" Dream Theater - The Bigger Picture "I’ve listened to the stories of resentment and disdain I’ve looked into the empty eyes of anger, fear, and shame I’ve taken blood from every stone And traveled every road When I see the distant lights illuminate the night Then I will know I am home" By the way, I think this thread might look very cluttered with all the text and stuff, so I've tried to make it as readable as possible with itallics and bold.