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Writing Poetry, Tutorial 1 by AzizrianDaoXrak Writing Poetry, Tutorial 1 by AzizrianDaoXrak
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My first ever tutorial!!! :D

I'm actually sort of excited about this. I've done a bunch of critiques for people lately that I realized pretty much just covered the basics of poetry-writing (to my mind, anyway). So I thought it would be a good idea to put together a tutorial for writing poetry. This tutorial is specifically written for BEGINNERS!

To all the more advanced poets out there: I'd love to hear your thoughts on my presentation/the topics I've chosen. I'd like to do more of these, but for now I thought I'd stick to things that I think are really important to learning how to write poetry.

Also, this has been edited for typos and spelling/grammar mistakes by MORE THAN ME. However, if you happen to see any, please tell me >_< Considering I mention that, it would be a bit embarrassing to have one myself, lol

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Sections:
1. Spelling and Grammar (please note you can access the link I have posted in this section >here<)
2. Picking a topic
3. Imagery
4. Enjambment
5. Moving Forward
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Issiacca Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you please give feedback on issiacca.deviantart.com/art/Wh… ? I really think your opinion be great, because I can see your poetry is really fantastic.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will try. My life has been really, really busy lately, though. So if I do get a chance, it may not be for a while. Would you mind sending me a note about it (I can keep track of your request better that way)?
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Ja-mes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now, I am terrible at writing poetry. Simply awful. This is helpful indeed and I will re-read it several times before trying again. Many thanks!
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I'm so glad you found it helpful! :D I do hope that if nothing else it gives you some useful exercises to make use of ^^
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Ja-mes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It does that. I like how you keep it simple. Helpful for people like me...! XD
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful ^^ I'm so glad.
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singingwriting Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job, I'll have to remember this.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :)
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
To my understanding -- enjambment is when a line (that is, a "sentence") carries over to the next line. The opposite of enjambment, not surprisingly, is a line that is "end stopped," or ends with a period or other similar punctuation. Enjambment is not simply a line break.

Beyond that, I thought this was a great synopsis of how to write poetry. Great work!
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
CRAP I can't believe I swapped the definition around. I'll have to remember to go in and fix that. Ugh, HUGE mistake >_<
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Writer
This is a great guide. I don't really have many improvement suggestions. I think you should put that link in your artist comments though, since you can't actually click on it in the deviation itself.

Yay for weird grammar! :w00t:

Where you suggested haiku and sonnets, etc. maybe you can suggest couplets, too? Those are pretty basic.

This sentence was a little unclear:

"For melancholy pieces, take something happy or neutral and put a spin on it- make it fierce and raw." - Melancholy and fierce are rather different...
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Valid critique of that sentence. I think I had too many ideas about that one, haha.

And yes, duh, couplets >_<
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Writer
:)
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Photographer
In the top bit, pretty much the first paragraph, there's some odd wording:

In the case of the difference between poetry and prose, there is really a spectrum: you can really tell what poetry is on the one hand, and what prose is on the other, but there are things in the middle that can get really sort of muddled.

1. It sounds odd having 'really' in between 'is' and 'a' - there really is a spectrum. 2. You have 'really' in one sentence 3 times. 3. This sentence essentially says what the following about Joyce does, except the second one works better.

In the section on imagery, you have a little side thing in bold, that stops mid-sentence.
My discussion of imagery is pretty much going to center on the ideas of "theme" and "focus" that I mentioned in

Other than that, at times I found the splotchy things in the background a bit difficult because they obscure the text a little. I think you've got a decent basis for someone to go on here. It's difficult doing tutorials like these, though, because there are so many different ideas on where to start and how to proceed, and a lot of it is somewhat subjective (like a beginning visual artist can be told to draw and apple until it looks like an apple, but with poets...).

My poetry tutor last year had a similar idea about starting with free verse. She basically said we wouldn't be able to do traditional forms well, so she wasn't going to waste her time teaching them. Lovely, no? Anyway. I know there is that thought, about starting beginners out with free verse because it's easier, but like =angelStained I started out with rhyming/traditional, and I think those forms are helpful in the beginning. Rhyming and traditional forms have a very fixed formula which requires the poet to think about the words they're choosing and place them in a very deliberate order. Verbal training wheels, maybe? Anyway. That would be my suggestion for any beginner writer - but especially poets - study the traditional forms, then explore your own style. As you said, you have to know the rules before you can break them, and free verse is, essentially, breaking all the rules of poetry.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OH NOES! I'm so embarrassed I didn't catch all those "really"s >_<

I will definitely fix that. I also see what both you AND angelstained mean about starting with free verse. I was trying to make a suggestion based on a lot of the beginning poets I've seen who really limit themselves so much by trying to write with rhymes and end up with 3 syllable lines with no room for...anything, really. And I definitely was one of those who learned to write poetry with free verse, lol, so I'll admit to being biased in that respect.

Perhaps I'll just edit that section to say, "I RECOMMEND this because it worked for me, but if you find you need more structure, check out some of these forms...."

Sound good?
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angeljunkie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Photographer
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angelStained Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Writer
There are some bits that can be... controversial eg. "always start with free verse". I started with rhyming poetry and I didn't turn out too bad. Free verse may be too unrestrictive for a beginner to try. And the tone can get a little condescending, although it won't affect much.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I tried to phrase it as, "I RECOMMEND starting with free verse." Are there any particular parts that sound condescending to you? I was trying to keep it light and conversational, but there were some points in there where I felt like common errors needed addressing.
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angelStained Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Writer
:thumbsup: Don't worry too much about it, this is good. I'm not exactly sure where you changed, but it comes across better now. :+fav:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, good :)
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QyJx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Writer
Oh, wow. Excuse me while I go to suggest this for a Daily Deviation! This guide is so useful, and I love the way you've made it look too!
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Omigoodness :blush:

I'm so glad!
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