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Here are some of the recent articles that have caught my eye. Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry? George Saunders: what writers really do when they write Storyhealing Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human. The Stubborn Optimist Following the persevering example of the …

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April Is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Inspired by the success of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996. This …

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WordPress Writing 201: Poetry Class, Day 10

It’s the final day of this course, Day 10, which offers the following challenges: Prompt: future Form: sonnet Device: chiasmus Sonnet A sonnet is normally composed of 14 lines of verse. There are several ways you can split your sonnet into stanzas (if you wish to), though the most common ones are 8–6 and 4–4–3–3. …

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WordPress Writing 201: Poetry Class, Day 8

Today’s Day 8 assignment involves: Prompt: drawer Form: ode Device: apostrophe Ode An ode is a laudatory poem celebrating a person, an object, a place, etc. It can come in any form these days, having shed its ancient (and much stricter) formal requirements. At their best, odes are both a compelling portrait of something and …

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WordPress Writing 201: Poetry Class, Day 7

Here’s the assignment for Day 7: Prompt: fingers Form: prose poetry Device: assonance Prose Poetry A prose poem is any piece of verse written using the normal typography of prose, while still maintaining elements of poetry, like rhythm, imagery, etc. The words may be arranged typographically like any piece of prose, but the sounds, the …

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