Why I Don’t Write Poetry


Why I don’t write poetry is an easy answer to give – I am just not a poet.  There you go.  I think back junior high when we first started to learn grammar beyond subjects, verbs, adverbs and adjectives and my favorite thing – diagramming sentences.  I loved to do that.  Oh and then give me some prepositions and it was grammargasm for me.

Once those basics were down our English teacher took on a 6 week lesson plan of poetry and I did not like it at all.

It began with allegory and ended with tintinnabulation.  As a writer I use the elements of poetry but I draw the line at writing it.

Allegory – Within a narrative form, which can be either in prose or verse, an allegory tells a story that can be read symbolically.  OK that stopped me right there.

Alliteration – Alliteration occurs when the initial sounds of a word, beginning either with a consonant or a vowel, are repeated in close succession.  An example Carole caresses cats.  Not really I am a dog person (no bashing I am allergic to cats).  I love using alliteration.

Metaphor – we know what these are, and I can write a metaphor.

Then came meter and I was done – I am not going to write rhythmic poetry – I can see a metronome in my mind’s eye.

I am the type of person who has to look up rhyming words.  It is a #fail for me as a creative content writer I know.  I can’t be expected to be perfect, can I?

I do like the word tintinnabulation.  I like the definition of what it is – so you have to look it up if you want to know it.  Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah!

Robert Graves said it well – I will share this with you:

“A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.”
If I wrote poetry it would have to be perfect and then the world would end and I don’t want to
have that responsibility on my shoulders.
Why I Don't Write Poetry

Why I Don’t Write Poetry


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