The Portfolio Index of Poems and Styles provides information and links to related posts written by me or by those who have inspired or influenced my writing. There are 5 main themes or styles which influence my poetry:
Stream of Consciousness
Poetry is a form of literature which uses aesthetics and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phon-aesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.
Philosophical poetry starts with a statement of abstraction. Abstraction is the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events. In psychology, abstract thinking is considered higher-order thinking.
This philosophical style is discussed in depth in the WSC Philosophical Poetry Workshop.
On Giving, On Freedom, On Reason and Passion
~ Kahlil Gibran
STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS (SOC) POETRY
Stream of Consciousness styled poetry builds on the Philosophical style by eliminating the statement of the abstraction at the beginning of the poem. Rather, the poet uses language to imply the meaning or abstraction of the poem in a subtle manner.
Abstractions or themes (i.e. duty, aspiration, loss) with translations of the abstraction are developed through imagery. This is a staple-style for avant-garde publishers looking for a unique voice in free verse. The form provides a visual representation of the abstraction.
More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Stream of Consciousness Poetry Writing Workshop.
~ Allen Ginsberg
An important step in discovering your unique and authentic voice is a study and experimentation with Confessional poetry. Almost all types of poetry sustain a certain degree of confessional techniques. Likewise, this style of poetry crosses genre lines. The key poetic devices are narration, imagery, metaphor and biography.
More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Confessional Poetry Writing Workshop.
Lyric poetry uses poetic devices include imagery, metaphor, verbal irony, research and analysis of an issue or theme. Notable poets in this genre include Robert Browning, John Keats, Michael Ondaatje, and Charles Baudelaire.
Lyric poetry is a genre that, unlike epic and dramatic poetry, does not attempt to tell a story but instead is of a more personal nature. Poems in this genre tend to be shorter, melodic, and contemplative. Rather than depicting characters and actions, it portrays the poet’s own feelings, states of mind, and perceptions.
More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Lyric Poetry Writing Workshop.
Free verse integrates the styles discussed above as well of others to create a unique brand. I discuss this type of poetry in greater detail in the WSC Free Verse Poetry Writing Workshop.
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