So now I’ve that I’ve talked about why I write poetry, I think it’s time to talk about what kind of poetry I write.
Free Verse: Nonmetrical, nonrhyming lines that closely follow the natural rhythms of speech. A regular pattern of sound or rhythm may emerge in free-verse lines, but the poet does not adhere to a metrical plan in their composition.
The first form that I really focused on as poet was free verse. I was really drawn to it as a teenager because I had only been exposed to rhyming forms up to that point and I HATED them. I have no idea why–most teenagers I’ve spoken to about writing poetry have this burning hatred against rhyming poetry. As a fiction writer in addition to a poet I think that I’m drawn to this form because of the way that it resembles speech.
Tanka: A Japanese form of five lines with 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables—31 in all.
I’ve only been writing Tanka for less than a year but I fell in love with this form as soon as I was taught it. I like that it has such clean, clear rhythm, and working under the constraints of syllable numbers forces me to choose words carefully. I also like the history behind Japanese literature. Noblewomen were prized for their poetic talents, and I find my bearing alters accordingly when I write tanka.
Lyric: A Lyric is a poem that expresses personal and emotional feelings, often meant to be sung
I feel like all poetry is essentially lyric poetry–if you dig deep enough, all of it is personal. That being said, I’ve been writing lyric poetry for a very long time. I can’t write music or sing, though, so it will never be the next great emo love song or what have you. I think it’s fitting that, as of late, most of my lyrics poems have been about Greek mythology, as the form originated in Greece.
That’s my song and dance. With only a few days left of poetry month, I’m not sure how I will delight and entertain next. Stay tuned.