This is only a very brief introduction to the basics of metre and rhythm; enough to help you start thinking about sonnets and how to write their lines whilst paying attention to these aspects. First, we’ll look at regularity of rhythm and then, in part two, the effect of variation. People feel rhythm quite instinctively … Continue reading Metre in Sonnets – Part One
Why Write a Sonnet?
In this series I have written about the creative process of poetry in some detail, but I would like to add some thoughts on the specific issues around writing sonnets. These questions to yourself come before you start to focus on elements of diction, rhetoric, syntax, or trope. The initial question is why have you … Continue reading Why Write a Sonnet?
Success as a Poet
How do you judge your success as a poet? It is certainly not in terms of an annual income from your activities, nor the number of poems written per annum. I believe it is fundamentally about your work being read or heard appreciatively by your readership. It starts with positive feedback from peers and friends … Continue reading Success as a Poet
The Thin Veneer
https://youtu.be/WGxudzl2gJg or here: https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/cliffordliles My poetry collection The Thin Veneer is available now from Dempsey & Windle, good bookshops, this website and Amazon. The Thin Veneer is a distinctive collection that explores themes such as the fragility of our existence and relationships, the power of nature, the impact of technology and the climate breakdown using traditional … Continue reading The Thin Veneer
Clifford Liles – Poet
Clifford Liles has won, been placed or shortlisted in many poetry competitions. His work has been published in numerous national and international literary journals. His collection The Thin Veneer was published in July 2022 by Dempsey & Windle. He is now working on his second collection.