Visual Poetry

Concrete, Visual, and Comic Poetry

After stumbling across the unique idea of poetry comics and briefly writing about it at the end of my post on Arthur Rimbaud, I became so intrigued that I simply had to dig deeper into Read more


Pain In The Assonance

Assonance, Consonance, and Alliteration

A literary device is used by writers to convey a message and help the reader interpret or appreciate the literary work. I’m going to dissect and analyze three fairly common and well-known stylistic devices used in Read more

What is Poetry?

What Is Poetry?

I thought this would be a simple question to answer. But to my demise, I am even more lost than when I embarked on this journey. This journey being about a dozen Wikipedia pages starting at “poetry” and leapfrogging to literature, language, alliterations, rhymes, rhetoric, famous poets, etc., and somehow all the way to Kevin Bacon (see Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon) in the course of about an hour.

I’ve always hated poetry. All the rules, difficult rhyming, counting syllables. Sonnet, shi, and haiku? No, thank you.  Why do I have to know the difference between a simile and a metaphor, anyway?!

Yet when I stepped back at looked it all, I realized it wasn’t about the literary devices or counting lines or even rhyming. It’s about the art. Poetry turns words into an art form. And that’s all poetry really is, right? Words (or so I thought, more on that later). But basically, poetry is putting words together to evoke a meaning and make something beautiful. Or not, poetry can be ugly too. Heck! I guess I’m still not quite sure what is poetry.

What I do know is that I would like to find out. So I’m jumping into the prose (and cons) of poetry, along with the verses and symbolisms and assonances and all those other fancy words you hear English majors throwing around to discover the art of poetry using words, words, words. I might even write a few poems of my own.