Poetry 101: What Makes A Poem, A Poem?

In my last post, Introduction to Poetry 101, I started off the series with a few handy tips to reading poetry. Now, as we are diving into the more technical parts of writing and reading poetry, let us begin with talking about the different types of poetry, as well as what makes a poem, a poem.

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Rehab

Pointless, this craving. Sound to the deaf might

Show more useful than this eternal longing.

Fingers running over cold sheets turned to rite

As resolve begins to crumble, another hit calling.

Insomnia

An awesome poem by an awesome writer! I personally really relate to this poem, and I love the countdown of hours of sleep going on in it. I’m guessing I’m not the only one counting how many hours I have to sleep before going to bed 🙂

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If I fall asleep now I can get seven hours.

Except I need to get up, because I think I let the stove on.

If I fall asleep now I can get six hours.

Except I’m thinking of all the things I’ve got to do tomorrow.

If I fall asleep now I can get five hours.

Except I’m thinking about all the things I didn’t do today.

If I fall asleep now I can get four hours.

The ticking of the alarm clock is driving me insane.

If I fall asleep now I can get three hours.

I have that big project due next week. I’m not even halfway done.

If I fall asleep now I can get two hours.

How am I ever going to work on two hours of sleep?

If I fall asleep now I can get one hour.

One hour. Surely I can’t work on that.

I’m supposed to…

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Writing Is Hard

Writing is hard. Either your head is full Of words and ideas, yet they will not be Put to paper, for they all yell At the top of their voices. Interrupting, Interjecting, interfering. Chaos now resides Where calm and order was supposed to rule.

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