Dear Student Writer (Poetry)

Dear Student Writer,

Poetry is something that can reach anyone who is wiling to let it.  The messages and overall meanings found in poetry are made interesting through the sound and rhythm of the words that make up the poem.  As one reads poetry he/she will always find something they can relate to if they look hard enough.

For instance the sound of poetry can create a whole different feel than what the actual words imply.  In the poem Nothing in That Drawer the author repeats the line Nothing in that drawer over and over again for a specific purpose.  The poet used repetition to illustrate a feeling of frustration and anxiety.  When read in your head the poem is very tedious and boring, but when read aloud the poem is brought to life.  Depending on the way the poem is read it tells a different story.  The repetition is so different than any other poem I have read which makes it very interesting.  One would have to understand the purpose behind writing the poem like this.  The specific word choice and phrasing creates a rhythm that can be interpreted in many different ways.  I think that is what the poet intended.

Nothing in That Drawer

By Ron Padgett

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Nothing in that drawer.

Another poem that illustrates a deeper meaning through the use of wording and rhythm is the poem called Part of Eve’s Discussion.  The author utilizes rhythm to establish a train of thought.  The language is captivating and beautiful because the author continues to link all these separate images together in order to portray a unified sense of regret.  In this section from the poem the reader begins to understand what all the images have in common;

“very much like the moment, driving on bad ice, when it occurs to you

your car could spin, just before it slowly begins to spin, like

the moment just before you forgot what it was you were about to say,

it was like that, and after that, it was still like that, only

all the time.”

The rhythm of the phrases prolongs this theme of regret in an interesting and confusing method that stuns the reader thoughtfully.

The rhythm of the poem Dear Tiara also utilizes repetition in a poetic and endearing tone.  The author illustrates their love for Tiara by reapeating the phrease “I dreamed” and then something that relates to their desire for the individual.  The rhythm helps to signify the overall lust and ongoing feelings that exist in the poets heart.

“I dreamed I was a library fine, I’ve checked you out

too long so many times.

I dreamed you were a lake and I was a little fish leaping

through the thin reeds of your throaty humming.

I must’ve dreamed I was a nail, because I woke beside you still

hammered.

I dreamed I was a tooth to fill the absences of your old age.

I dreamed I was a Christmas cactus, blooming in the desert

of my stupidity.

I dreamed I was a saint’s hair-shirt, sewn with the thread

of your saliva.

I dreamed I was an All Night Movie Theater, showing the

flickering black reel of my nights before I met you.

I must’ve dreamed I was gravity, I’ve fallen for you so damn hard.”

In this segment of the poem one is fully involved in the frustration the poet is feeling through the repetition, but can also feel the desire and beauty the author feels for Tiara through the use of rhythm.

Ultimately the most important thing to remember about poetry is that it is a form of life. You get what you give.

Sincerely,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Poet.

One thought on “Dear Student Writer (Poetry)

  1. You seem drawn to repetition in what you like to read or what you notice about poetry. Repetition can be a useful technique to have in your poet’s toolbox.

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