Poetry Comes From The Heart… And Soul

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Hope your day’s going so well!

As a writer, poet and/or blogger, at some point, we may feel the urge to express our thoughts through poetry. But that doesn’t mean this post is limited to bloggers, writers or whatsoever.

Surprisingly for me, the first time I literally wrote a poem and published it on my blog was the post that got me the highest number of WordPress likes.

Poetry comes from the heart, and also the soul, as it is literature with a different language on its own.

But sometimes, we forget the need to come up with a poem that not only describes and features your thoughts and emotions, but also that of other people, and/or your audience.

In other words, your poem must be entangled with your feelings and that of your potential reader(s).

What is Poetry?

Poetry is literature that evokes concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound and rhythm.

Poetry is a type of literature that conveys a thought, describes a scene or tells a story in a concentrated, lyrical arrangement of words.

Poems can be structured, with rhyming lines and meter, the rhythm and emphasis of a line based on syllabic beats.

Poems can also be freeform, following no formal structure.

The word “poetry” derives from the Latin feminine noun poetria, meaning not “poetry” but “poetess”.

Meter In Poetry

A poem can contain many elements to give it structure.

Rhyme is perhaps the most common of these elements.

Countless poetic works, from limericks to epic poems, to pop lyrics, contain rhymes.

But, equally is meter, which imposes specific length and emphasis on a given line of poetry.

Stanza

In poetry, the basic building block of poems is a verse, known as stanza.

A stanza is a grouping of lines related to the same thought or topic, similar to a paragraph in prose and verses in a song.

Every stanza in a poem has its own concept and serves a unique purpose. It may be arranged according to rhyming patterns and meters.

A stanza can be subdivided based on the number of lines it contains.

For example, a couplet is a stanza with two lines.

Rhyme Scheme

There are many different types of rhymes that poets use in their work: internal rhymes, slant rhymes, eye rhymes, identical rhymes and some more.

One of the most common ways to write a rhyming poem is to use a rhyme scheme composed of shared vowel sounds or consonants.

Imagery In Poetry

In Poetry and Literature, imagery is the use of figurative language to evoke a sensory experience in the reader.

When a poet uses descriptive language well, they play to the reader’s senses, providing them with sights, tastes, smells, sounds, internal and external feelings and emotions.

What does it mean to be a Poet?

A poet is a writer of poems, a person who writes poetry.

A poet’s work can be literal (meaning his/her work is derived from a specific event) or metaphorical (meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms).

The English word ”poet” is derived from the French word poΓ¨te, itself descended from the Latin masculine noun poeta, meaning poet.

French poet Arthur Rimbaud summarized the nature of a “poet” by writing:

“A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men: the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed β€” and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and, if demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!”

Please note that, this quote is not of my own research, but that of another site.

Genres of Poetry

Although poetry is a form of self-expression that knows no bounds, a poem can be safely divided into three main genres: lyric, narrative and dramatic.

Well, instead of sitting down and saying,”I’m going to write a poem”, why not try tackling a certain genre.

After understanding the following genres of poetry, see what flows naturally out of your heart unto that page. πŸ™‚

Lyric Poetry

Lyric Poetry is song like and emotional.

Sonnets and Odes are examples of poems that are lyrical in nature.

Lyric Poems do not necessarily tell a story, but can also focus on more personal emotions, attitudes and the author’s state of mind.

Authors/Poets notable in this category include:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Christine de Pizan
  • Teresa of Ávila
  • John Keats
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fortunately, I managed to get a poem of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How Do I Love Thee”

Actually, this is one of her famous poems, and is an example of a lyric poem.

The Themes: Love, Hate Fear and Death (they comprise many poem and stories, and are the most moving emotions humans can experience)

In this poem, she approaches the equally large topic of love.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace

I love thee to the level of everyday’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith

I love thee with a love I seem to love

With my lost saints, – I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Narrative Poetry

A Narrative Poem tells a story.

Typically, these can be read aloud and will maintain the audience’s attention due to their rhythmic movement.

Many narrative poems of the past were initially written as ballads.

That is, they were intended to be paired to music.

In the end though, they still maintained their lyricism in the form of poetry.

Narrative Poems are usually of human interest, and include epics, or long stories.

Authors/Poets notable in this category also include:

  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Roald Dahl
  • William Wordsworth
  • Jeffrey Chaucer
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson

Although narrative poems have an element of lyricism to them, the point is, they’re relaying a story, as opposed to harping on an emotion.

Let’s take a look at Egdar Allan Poe’s poem, ”The Raven”

The Raven”

The following is the last stanza of his poem. You must note the flow to this, it’s kind of sing-songy. You can also surmise he is speaking of death, but this is classified as a narrative poem because it tells a story.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door-

Only this and nothing more.”

Dramatic Poetry

Dramatic Poetry encompasses a highly emotional story that is written in verse, and meant to be recited.

It usually tells a story or refers to a specific situation, and this could include closet drama, dramatic monologues and rhyme verse

Authors/Poets notable in this category include:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Ben Jonson
  • Robert Browning
  • Sylvia Plath

Let’s take a look at Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s poem, ”The Dream Called Life”

“The Dream Called Life”

The scene is immediately set with one word- dream. After that, we enter a bit of a swirl of emotions as the writer tells us a story.

DREAM it was in which I found myself.

And you that hail me now, then hailed me king,

In a brave palace that was all my own,

Within, and all without it, mine; until,

Drunk with excess of majesty and pride,

Methought I towered so big and swelled so wide

That of myself I burst the glittering bubble

Which my ambition had about me blown

And all again was darkness. Such a dream

As this, in which I may be walking now,

Dispensing solemn justice to you shadows,

Who make believe to listen; but anon

Kings, princes, captains, warriors, plume and steel,

Ay, even with all your airy theater,

May flit into the air you seem to rend

Poetry is an escape from the temporal moments of everyday life. It’s also a form of self-expression.

We go to school, do our homework/assignments and projects, and also take on chores around the house, but how often are we able to stand up and recite something which has the power to express our innermost thoughts?

Think about it. πŸ˜‰

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great day.

About the guest author:

Charles Cudjoe Jnr is a young and ambitious blogger from Ghana.

His wonderful blog is called, Charles Cudjoe.

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My name is Charles Cudjoe A Teen Blogger/Writer

50 thoughts on “Poetry Comes From The Heart… And Soul

  1. You know… maybe that’s been my problem trying so long to connect on a deeper level with poetry. I’m a redhead, so I have neither. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. But also, Poetry may not be for everyone, especially when it comes to connecting on a deeper level with yourself and others. Music also plays that role.
      But I’m glad this post was able to help you out!
      Have a Great day! πŸ™‚

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      1. I was half teasing, but it was very insightful and well written.

        I actually do sometimes find myself enjoying poetry, but have been at a loss to pinpoint why I connect with it. I’ve never been able to write it either.

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        1. Thank you so much for the compliment, it means a lot!
          I’m glad you’ve been able to identify how and maybe why you deeply connect with poetry.

          And well, as I said, writing poetry may not be for everyone no matter how much you’re in love with everyone else’s
          I’m not so good with writing poems myself, it’s only a few ideas that pop up once in a while….what about you?
          Even with that, I hope you get enough ideas to come up with a poem.
          All the best! πŸ™‚
          Have a Great Day!

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  2. Thank you Charles Cudjoe,for an elaborate and interesting post about poetry.I never knew that poetry is much more than what ordinary folks like me always think.I always felt it’s Latin and Greek to me.
    Your post made me at ease and I enjoyed reading the same.
    WP readers and bloggers are lucky that there are many in WP who love poetry and I am glad that you get maximum β€˜likes’ for your poetry.
    All the best my friend

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    1. You’re very much welcome!
      I’m also glad that this post was able to clarify some things about poetry for you.
      And it’s so true, many people on WordPress are in love with poems.
      And thank you for the applause πŸ™‚
      All the best as well
      Have a Great Day!

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  3. Dear Charles, I am tremendously impressed by your discourse on poetry. I am sure that many people have not learned all this (or any of this!) in school, as well as on their own. Certainly most people are unaware that the word “poetry” means “poetess” in Latin since Romans considered the Greek poetess Sapho the inventor of lyric, as opposed to epic (narrative) poetry. I guess that was their backhanded way of giving the Greeks at least some credit for everything they unabashedly made their own.
    P.S. If you don’t mind correcting a typo, dear friend, its’ Sylvia Plath.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting
      And yeah, most people actually don’t know much of poetry, including myself
      Until I did a lot research, I decided to do this a guest post to share this with you all!
      Thank you so much for the compliments as well, it means so much
      Have a great day😊

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