La création de poesie attire ceux qui adorent le langage. Writing poetry attracts those who find great interest in meanings, the look of words, their sounds and sometimes long and twisty history. Whatever I say about techniques in this second part of my blog about diction in poetry, do not forget that first and foremost, … Continue reading Diction – Part Two
La création de la poésie attire ceux qui adorent le langage. The writing of poetry attracts those who find great interest in the meaning of words, the look of them, their sounds, and their sometimes long and twisty history. I am once again faced with a blank page in my own writing and am led … Continue reading Diction
One of my recent blogs Attention! has covered the importance of first lines in seizing your reader’s attention, now I’d like to consider the last lines. Having set the reader’s expectations, you now must provide a pay-off. The last line, words or couplet should ensure a satisfying end to your work. They may carry real … Continue reading The Fourteenth Line
A new poem explores the social impact of mass unemployment on an intimate scale. In the sonnet A Seamstress Considers her Options, I imagine a woman of the 18th century made redundant by the introduction of machines to her trade. But what else does this poem mean? What are the other possible readings? In this … Continue reading A Seamstress Considers her Options
“Oi”, the dock worker stopped me, “where’s my money?”, his breath frosting out on “money” and stood solid before me in his grease-stained AC/DC T-shirt. This could be the first line of a thriller. It helps establish a setting without telling. It hooks the attention of the reader. Something that that may be difficult for … Continue reading Attention!