More than Just Words
The Creative Soul
“Your Turn – 3”, the creative encounter I asked you to undertake Sunday, Sept 16, involved using a list of common words. The challenge involved pen, paper, and your imagination in writing something in the form of prose or poetry. I included a total of seventy-five common words found in the English language, twenty-five each nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The words from the list that I used are underlined and yes, I did sometimes change the tense of the verb.
Here are my two poetic responses. The first is a haiku, a three-line poem in which the first and last lines have five syllables while the middle line contains seven syllables. Haiku is a very short Japanese poem with seventeen syllables and three verses. It is typically characterized by three qualities: The essence of haiku is “cutting”. This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related. In English haiku, this may or may not be found.
He felt time go past
The child of old now a man
Finding the good next to come
An ABC Poem is a poem that has five lines and creates a mood, picture or feeling. Generally, lines 1-4 are made up of words or phrases while the first word of each line is in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and can begin with any letter.
Able to delight for hours
Big smiles found within
Come inside the walls beckon
Day passes quickly in fun
The joys found within a child’s playroom are important and endless.
There are approximately fifty-five different types of poetry. The sonnet has fourteen lines; the limerick, seven; the haiku, five; the couplet, two (and can stand alone or as part of a larger work). There are strict rules for some types and none for poems known as free verse. A poem can be about anything. There are metaphor poems and creative poems, historical poetry such as many of the works of William Shakespeare and humorous poems often heard during a child jump roping or on the school yard.
In a fast-paced high tech world, poetry may seem antiquated. However, the lyrics of every song are a type of poetry and music does not (thankfully) seem to on the way to oblivion. Rappers create their own poems to rap. It has been said that poetry is the budding, flowering and ripening of human mind in the social setting. Poetry is of paramount importance to society and has been considered by some anthropologists to be a refinement of character evident as progress in society. Poetry can move the human mind through emotions easily and quickly. The study of poetry from other cultures can help one understand universal truths, as well as cultural differences, and provides a unique and fascinating window into that world. Poetry could be described as music of words, readable art, the painting of a scene with words, the dance of linguistics upon a page. Can you tell I love poetry? LOL
As a young child, I saw poetry as a way to know my life, the good and the bad. At an early age, I made a poem and never looked back. By using poetry, my way became my own; the young child I was had a sense of right and importance. [This is my paragraph of prose and the words italicized are from the list.] An expert of this type of prose that was also poetry is the inestimable Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. I have used his books in teaching everything from diversity to acceptance and each lesson ended with complete understanding and a smile. Truly, words have power and we should always use them carefully and thoughtfully.