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: