Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ars Poetica

Poetry is
Words sliding like
Cream, slowly
And coating, sweetly
So rich, tasteful
Poetry is
Feelings smashing
Like Roman soldiers
Waves crashing
Into open sores
Poetry is
Love speaking
Then death, slowly
It’s life and death
And the next step
Poetry is
Words, words, words
That begin and end
But continue on
Until the reader begins and ends

That is poetry

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Beat (Ars Poetica)

Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, conjunctions,
Verbs, prepositions, adverbs, interjections,
Locked together by a Beat.

Each Beat has its own stamp.
Each stamp its own stamper.
Each stamper its own heart.

The hearts of poems are unique
Like snowflakes or fingerprints.
Each individual.

Hearts can vary the speed and length to control the tempo and change the message.
Size can be deceiving and

Beats can be ocean waves,
Ripples in a pond,
Or a cannonball in the pool.

Poetry is the speaker for the Beat,
Enhanced by the words,

Controlled from within.

Poetry is

Poetry is staring at a ceiling and finding words
To relate that ceiling to your love life

Because the right words can make any man think
That the ceiling above his head
Perfectly relates to
His love

Poetry is a complex piece of art that most critics
Consider meaningless

But those few critics who take the time to look at
And observe the art form find it
Not only beautiful, but
Important for us
To see

Poetry is an emotion that is not captured by one word
But is rather captured by alliteration

Or maybe it’s captured by an image or two
Or maybe some rhymes
Or a metaphor
A simile or

Poetry is a skill that is deeper than meaning
Poetry is thought provoking thought that is teaming
Poetry is needed and even though that I kid

I desire the art that makes language live

Ars Poetica

Waylon Jin
British Literature E Block
Mr. O’Brien
April 30 2014

Ars Poetica

A world without expression
is a world of depression.

Poetry is an avenue which people drive on,
Leaving tracks of expressed feelings and life experiences

Poetry is a person’s canvas
Brushed stroke by strokes with words
Words and thoughts of communication.
Silk red metaphors, bright yellow similes, and flaming orange rhymes

Poetry is a song
Repetition and rhythm, the pattern of sound
Pouring of emotions like rain showers in April
Meters of unstressed and stressed dew

Poetry is radiance
Illuminating all darkness that lies in the heart
Creating a blank verse for beginnings
Life is harmonious in poetry

My feelings create poetry
Your distinctiveness envisions poetry
Our voices define poetry.

Ars Poetica


Consider poetry as a work of art

Similar to a painting, sculpture, drawing, or photograph.

A poem should paint a picture in the reader’s mind

Using rich imagery, figurative language, similes and metaphors.


A poet should not rely on the words in a poem to tell the story,

But rather the systematic sequence of events painted by the words chosen.

Each word and phrase is chosen for a specific reason

Therefore poets need to take connotation and denotation into consideration.


All groups of rhyming words are not poems

And all poems are not groups of rhyming words.

A poem is not determined by a mere sound that two words mimic

Nor by a set meter that the words must fall into.


People so often get caught up in the specific structure of a poem

But structure is the least important aspect.

Poetry should never be forced to fit a certain format;

The words should naturally flow onto the page.


One of the reasons poetry is sometimes despised is that it is confusing.

A way to avoid confusion is include allusions to events, people, and places.

However, sometimes confusion makes a poem even more interesting

It all depends on what the poet is trying to achieve.


And that leads to the absolute most important part of the art of poetry:

Every decision is up to the poet.

All of the power rests in the poet’s hands and all the poet needs is inspiration,

And that is the key to poetry.


Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica

 Lines, rhymes, stanzas and breaks

Meters, pentameters, verses and


Most importantly words

Create an image the poet is trying to portray.

Poets pour their life, hopes, dreams and experiences onto paper

And people read and interpret what they see.

Even though it may not be what they are supposed to see.

Poems are open ended

They are filled with emotion

But every person lives a different life

And that emotion can be taken in any direction.

Poetry is up to the reader

The poet gives a foundation for readers to start with

The real power behind the poem is up to them.

Poetry can be fun and upbeat like Doctor Seuss

Or filled with despair and sorrow like Edgar Allan Poe.

There is a poem for every mood and moment

Because it all depends on you.