Hey guys! Thanks for telling me all your opinions on poetry! So here are mine:
1.) First and foremost: Poetry ought to be inspired by something. I have seriously found that unless the idea for a poem pops up in your mind, it usually isn't worth writing. I mean, sometimes you can come up with something, but the really good poems aren't written, they sort of write themselves. I am like Abigail- usually a couple lines pop into my head, and I write a poem around them! :)
2.) As for styles of poetry....I am a bit narrow-minded in this area. Usually, I go with poems that rhyme. Now, I do agree that it probably takes just as much talent to write a good freestyle poem as it does to write one that rhymes, but unless you are an exceptional writer the cadence of a well-written rhyming poem, is lost in a freestyle one. I KNOW that many people would disagree with me, but these are just my feelings on the subject, and are subject to change. I have read some free-style poems that capture a thought splendidly, and probably better than a poem in rhyme, but I am typically NOT a fan of Carl Sandburg, Dorothy Aldis, and those sorts of poets. Feel free to disagree with me! Those are just my sentiments! :P
I think I'll start a monthly post of interesting facts about famous authors! So the rest of this post will be devoted to the subject: Ladys and Gents, Welcome to the Very First: "Dickens did NOT!" ;) If I think of a better name, I'll change it, but that sounds sort of catchy! ;P
1. Jack London, author of White Fang and The Call of The Wild was once a freight-train hopping hobo, and was arrested for vagracy at Niagra Falls
2. The word "boredom" first appeared in print in Charles Dicken's "Bleak House"
3. William Shakespeare's tombstone reads: "Blest be the man who casts these stones, and cursed be the man who moves my bones." There has been some speculation that several unpublished works were buried with him, but no one has followed the theory with any evidence- possibly because they are afraid of the epithet on his tombstone!
4. Louisa May Alcott as a child, was friends with the famous Henry David Thoreau, and would often take walks with him in the woods and fields of Concord and the surrounding countryside.
Alright! That's all for now, because my computer time is up! :) -Rachel