Expressing Thoughts and Emotions Through Poetry

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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion. It is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. 

- T.S. Eliot

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Aside from reading books and mangas, watching anime and do some doodles and scribbles, I write poems. When I was still in High School, I tried to make lots of poems and short stories, but mostly, poems. I can say that I'm emotional and overthinker, and I need to jot it before it explodes. In my college days and my first two years as a working gal, I write when it's too heavy.

Then, Steemit happened. I started writing again last December 2017 when my dearest best friend @yadeed15 told me that she joined a poetry writing contest in Steemit. It took a week to convince myself to power up my mind gear. We joined every week until we decided to make more poems until it's enough to make a hardbound of our poems.

This month of December 2018 marks the anniversary of us trying to be poetic so let me share to you some of the poems I made for my loved ones and poems I randomly write and lastly, poems that I write for the contest.

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WHAT IS POETRY?

The Crown of Literature is Poetry.

- W. Somerset Maugham

Poetry is derived from the ancient Greek word poieo, meaning I create. It is considered an art and a form of literature in which human language uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language. In poetry, the language used is in condensed form to convey emotions or ideas to the readers or listeners.

ELEMENTS OF POETRY

Rhythm

Rhythm is the sound in poetry, the flow of the beat in a poem. It is also the long and short patterns of the stressed or unstressed syllables in each line of the verse. The rhythm in poetry makes one express some words stronger than others. It can be read fast or in slow pace depending on the mood of the poem. With this, it captivates the readers more.

Meter

Meter is the definitive pattern in every verse. It is a unit of rhythm in poetry, the pattern of the beats, also called as a foot. The rhythm of each line is sometimes arranged in a particular meter. Older poems and other formal poems contain strict meter.

Rhyme Schemes

The rhyme is the compatibility of words and syllables. It produces repetitive patterns of sound which can either be identical or similar sounds placed at the ends of the lines. Rhymes can also be within the lines, or what we call as internal rhyme. Rhyme schemes are described using letters.

FAMOUS CLASSIC POETS

William Shakespeare

The lunatic, the lover and the poet are of imagination all compact. 

- William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He's known for his famous works, Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare's Sonnets and considered by many to be the greatest poet and dramatist of all time.

Sonnet 18

Sonnet 18 is a 14-line poem with a very regular iambic pentameter. It consists of three quatrains followed by a couplet that wraps the poem up. The rhyme scheme is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

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It describes his love to his partner and compared it to a summer's day. The burning sensation he felt towards his lover is like a sun that can get too hot. It also tells that everything beautiful will eventually fade either by chance or by nature's inevitable changes.

Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

- Robert Frost

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Robert Frost was an American poet known for his realistic depictions of rural life. Also, his poetry is both traditional and experimental, regional and universal.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice is written in a single nine-line stanza with an irregular mix of iambic tetrameter and dimeter. The poem follows a rhyme scheme of ABA ABC BCB.

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It describes the two darkest traits of humanity: the capacity to hate as ice and the capacity to be consumed by lust and desire as the fire.

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

- Edgar Allan Poe

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Aside from short fiction, Edgar Allan Poe is known for his poems. He is the master of a dark-themed story or Gothic genres like tales of mystery and the macabre. He is considered as the inventor of the detective fiction and a contributor to the emerging science fiction genre.

A Dream

A Dream is a four stanza poem that is made up of sets of four lines or quatrains. These quatrains follow the rhyme scheme of, abab cdcd efef ghgh.

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It describes a speaker's waking and dreaming state and his brief moments of light and hope.

SOME OF MY POEMS

I'm not an expert nor I studied poetry thoroughly. I'm just a girl who tries to be poetic sometimes when the weight is too much to carry or when I just feel like I need to write it. I write to pass on my thoughts and emotions in words written in poetry form. I don't follow the rhythmic pattern nor the number of the meter in every line in my poems, but, I write with rhyme schemes in my own accord. So I'll end this blog by sharing with you some of my original works. 

MY LIVING BEAM

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MAMA

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MY LITTLE PLUMPED

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As I mentioned beforehand, I joined in a poetry contest on another blogging site. The host of the said contest will give a topic every week. The size of the poem should be in three quatrains and any rhyming schemes are acceptable.

DROWNING IN LIVING

I held it for so long.
Instructed my tentacles to move along.
But I got tired in the waves of the rabble,
Heart slowly turns feeble.

I want to resurface again--
Hold my head high with them.
Spare me from drowning!
I don’t want to stop breathing.

Let me inhale and exhale once more--
Feel the sea breeze on the shore.
Look! The white sand is visible.
This time, I’ll make it possible!

Written By: kneelyrac                                                                       

 LOOP

Trapped in a dark room;
Filled with fluid as you roam.
For nine months of being alone--
And with scream and pain, you are born.

Crawl, stand and then fall.
Until you learn how to walk without a wall.
To talk is your mother’s next goal,
And have a profession as you grow tall.

Proudly walking with hips swaying;
Till your knees and back are aching
Hair turns grey with wrinkles display,
And then back to the darkness, physically.

Written By: kneelyrac                                                          

MIRAGE

T'was a lovely day on May,
That you approached me with a bouquet.
Blissful happiness with butterflies was spotlighted;
And a crescent moon-like smile accentuated.

Flames were dancing under the moonlight of big waves--
Singing between the clashing of a hitch in full raves.
Spent the whole day with you by my side
Feeling your strength as our arms and chest collide.

As the twilight infiltrates my room,
A masculine figure in white uniform loomed.
Injecting fluid that runs painfully through my veins
And the mirage of you my love disappears all of a sudden.

Written By: kneelyrac                                                

Mirage is my winning piece when the theme was "illusion". I never thought that a day would come that someone will recognize my work.

IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!

Lastly, since it's the most wonderful time of the year, I want to share you too the poem I wrote for Christmas and the genuine meaning of Christmas.

CHRIST IS BORN

It's the most awaited season of the year,
And everyone is delighted from ear to ear.
Delicious foods are displayed everywhere,
Receiving and giving gifts to our beloved dear.

Colorful lights and trees are turned on--
Sparkling happy eyes to every age are shown.
Beautiful decorations are displayed in every corner,
And everyone is singing in a joyous manner.

But let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas;
For it is a reminder of how God's perfect love is endless.
Christ is born to save us,
A symbol of love and hope that forever will last!

Written By: kneelyrac                                                  

 In this era, there are lots of poets who publish books full of their poems like Lang Leav and Michael Faudet. There are some poets who just uploaded videos on youtube or post their poems in other social media. Below is the video of the Grand Slam Poetry Champion, Harry Baker.

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THANKS FOR READING!

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CARYL KEEN

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About the author

kneelyrac

ECE. Researcher. Bibliophile. Otaku. Dancer. Art Enthusiast. Frustrated Photographer.

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