I wrote a paper on structure once, to try and put some of these college level
explanations of structure, found on the web, a little simpler to understand.
If you guys want I could dig it out and post it here.
"Empty form is meaningless. In my opinion,"
Yes, and many others feel the same. Again, we come back to perspective.
There is a difference between having something to say and saying something
in a way to move and inspire a reader. This is the greatest problem with poetry
today and why (In my opinion) poetry has slipped from the consciousness and
admiration of the masses. Always, ALWAYS, write with the reader in mind.
Here is a list numbered in the order of importance for a writer to consider:
1, How can I say this in a way to make the reader relate to what I'm writing.
1, How can I say this to make my thoughts clear and easy for the reader to understand.
1, Never TELL your readers how you feel, show them.
1, ALWAYS research your subject to produce a more valid opinion.
1, A poem should entertain the reader no matter what the subject.
1, There are tools to help a reader do these things. Learn and use them.
Talent is not artistic expression. Talent is not taking a poetic form (Including
free verse) and molding it around your expressions.These poetic forms have
been around for hundreds of years, there's a reason that they work.
Talent is the ability to take your artistic expressions and present them in
a form that gives the READER greater enjoyment.
[This message has been edited by turtle (02-16-2009 09:52 PM).]