With National Poetry Month (NaPoMo) rapidly coming to an end, I thought it might be a good time to select past posts that can help you better enjoy the poems you read and also effectively improve your own poems as you revise. During this search, however, I unhappily discovered that my blog host does not provide easy access to posts written before 2012!
Fortunately, basic information on poetry stays the same! So I found hotlinks that still work, as listed below, to give you a broad overview of poetry and the joys and challenges of becoming a published poet.
Since those early days of posting, I changed my website to my name, which means you might find links within an article that no longer work. Also, when Poetry Of Course went out of print with my book publisher, I retained rights to upload an updated version as the Kindle e-book, a Christian Poet’s Guide to Writing Poetry.
Hopefully, these helps will give your poetry writing a boost, but you’re welcome to suggest new topics in the Comments section below.
How to Read a Poem
Scan A Poem. Get The Picture.
Going Postal with Poetry
Rhyme, rhythm, and reality: traditional English verse
Start your New Year with new tools for writing & revising poems
What kinds of poems fit you?
How do you know a poem is ready?
Do real poets read and write prose poems?
Breaking line with free verse
Line breaks can make or break your poem
Scan a poem. Catch the beat. Change the rhythm as you revise.
Poetry forms help re-form a poem as you revise
National Poetry Month and the 3 Rs
Poets and poems to celebrate during National Poetry Month
Poets who shaped poetry – good reading for NaPoMo & beyond
How to write haiku
Revising your poetry can be a smooth move.
Poetry Revision: Less can bring more to a poem
Three techniques for revising your poems
Unlocking clockwork rhyme
Villanelles need something worth repeating
Sonnets traditionally require poets to use rhythmic rhymes and argue nicely in fourteen lines
That Punctual Punctuation (Anyway) How
Resolutions for sober poets in the New Year
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