Love is one of the most common themes you see in poetry.
This can make writing a perfect love poem for the first time challenging. Especially, if you want to avoid cliches and dial-down on sappiness.
For millennia, people have attempted to put into words the intense emotions that accompany the experience of being in love.
So how do you write a love poem that says more than I love you?
When you think about love poems you might remember sappy cliches of ‘roses are red, violets are blue’.
But love poems are versatile because love evokes all kinds of strong emotions.
Love can feel good, and sometimes love can hurt. It can bring you healing or despair, joy or sadness, peace or restlessness.
This array of powerful feelings sometimes struggles to find a verbal outlet. It often may seem that there are not enough words in the world to describe how much you love someone.
The central question becomes but how do you express love...
For many centuries, philosophers have argued that what we experience with our five senses -- color, sound, smell, taste, and touch, are qualities that exist only in our minds.
To illustrate this concept, they proposed the following thought experiment:
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?
If there is no living being to experience something, does it really happen? -- The answer to this question is, of course, yes. It still happens.
Whereas, does it make a sound? -- This is where it gets tricky. Because the very definition of sound depends on the experience of a human being.
According to Philosophers, we cannot use our senses to understand the physical reality as it really is.
Things are only as they appear in the mind.
The only thing we can have certainty of is what our mind perceives.
So, we can never know what the true nature of reality looks like. All we have to rely on are the representations in our minds to...
What is intelligence exactly?
At school, we are taught that there is a right and a wrong answer.
You begin to learn that the answer to one plus one is always two, and the correct way to answer the question ‘where is London’ is ‘England’.
In this way, we begin to establish thought patterns.
We also start to learn the concept of intelligence. If you get it ‘right’ you are smart but if you get it ‘wrong’ you have some relearning to do.
But the definition of intelligence is a lot more multidimensional than we like to think. And it starts with Creative Intelligence.
The concept of intelligence has been changing throughout the years.
Psychologists have been gaining a better understanding of our environment and its impact on how we function, decade after decade.
Now, more than ever, there is more access to seeing how the brain works. So, we are able to debate the idea of intelligence.
When we think of artists in the mainstream: your authors, singer-songwriters, poets, painters, filmmakers... It is easy to assume that they spend their days sipping inspiration from the ever-flowing fountain of creativity.
But the truth is, maintaining creativity can be a challenge -- even for the sharp-skilled experts.
That’s why supplementing your inner genius with a creative outlet is necessary, whether you’re a hobbyist or a seasoned creative.
Creative journaling is the type of outlet that can maintain creativity, boost your confidence, and unlock endless inspiration.
Here’s everything you need to know about creative journaling.
The good news is: journaling is not limited to writing words on paper.
In fact, there are many creative ways to journal that, not only, spark inspiration but keep the creative juices flowing.
Simply put, creative journaling is a mix of written words and art, all in one place.
Doodles and diary...
You’ve heard of the creative arts, but how about the erasive? While writing any poetry can be challenging, blackout poetry demands its own special considerations, unlike other poetic styles. At first glance, one may think it easier to start a poem from given words, but it’s quite the opposite. If you’re conscious about the final message, you have to tread carefully.
What is Blackout Poetry?
Blackout poetry is the art of adopting a pre-existing text and erasing words, phrases or sections by physically blacking-out those certain parts, leaving only a collection of chosen content with a new context and meaning. People most commonly take newspaper clippings, but anything will do. Blackout poetry is simply the method of redacting and reimagining a message or story already written.
Why should I write Blackout Poems?
As with all creative endeavours, blackout poetry offers you the chance to free your mind and keep your artistic mind sharp. However, this form in particular...
Creative expression is a tool that people use to understand themselves better, connect with fellow humans, and grow spiritually. Unfortunately, many people don’t see themselves as creative types. They figure the only way to be creative is to draw, paint, sing, act, or play an instrument. And if they can’t do any of these things, they assume they aren’t creative.
Is that true? Are there really people who don’t get to enjoy the blessings of creative expression and connection? No. That’s only true if you believe in a very restricted, often privileged definition of creativity. The truth is that there are many types of creativity, and everyone is creative in some way.
Keep reading to explore some of the many types of creativity and discover how your imagination and originality comes alive.
Unfortunately, an artist’s or inventor’s “final product” is often used as a litmus test for creativity. If that...
When you first start writing poems, a book might seem a far-fetched idea.
Though soon enough, you’re going to have a repertoire of poems you’re most proud of and which deserve to be showcased.
Not to mention, publishing a poetry book might even become a passive income stream for you. This is highly possible these days, with the far-reaching hands of the internet. But more about that later.
You might think that a poetry collection is just all the poems a writer has ever created sandwiched under a single book cover.
But that is far from the truth.
There is a process to creating a poetry book that is presentable, readable, and, of course, sellable.
What elements do you need to write a poetry book?
Once you know what you need to do, it’s actually quite simple.
Whether you already have a collection of poems and wish to turn them into a book. Or you’re still in the writing process, with the book goal in mind as your final...
So you want to know how to write a quatrain poem…
Ocean waves, flower petals, the pulse in your wrist, a song you hear in the distance, a heartbeat, a snowflake…
What do all of these things have in common?
In each of these elements, you can see the manifestation of rhythm. A pattern that infinitely repeats itself throughout our reality.
Right now, take a moment to look around you. What patterns do you see?
A painting with repeated brush strokes and color patterns. A leaf on a tree with symmetrical lines dispersing out from the mid-rib. The clouds in the sky that glide in an almost-illusive formation.
In what appears to be a chaotic world, there is structure disguised in plain sight.
Rhythm and repetition are intrinsic parts of our everyday life but what does this have to do with quatrain poems?
Coincidentally enough, another example of a prominent pattern in our lives is - language.
Word patterns repeat through centuries and transform on a...
So you want to know how to write poetically...
First, let’s start with a question:
What makes a piece of writing poetic?
Whether you’re a regular writer of poetry or someone looking to enhance your writing technique, writing poetically is a skill accessible to everyone.
Writing takes on a poetic form when you step into the realm of imagination and start to share the story inside of you.
Poetry, poetic prose, and creative writing are all about the expression of feelings and emotions.
But sometimes, it can be a struggle to write out your thoughts, feelings, and inner stories to reach others in a meaningful way.
So, how can you employ the use of poetic elements to translate your inner landscape into beautiful writing?
The quickest way to connect with someone is through their senses. And likely, there are five to choose from.
You are not just retelling the story for...
So you want to know how to write slam poetry.
Widening of your pupils, dampness of your palms, heart rapidly pounding the inner wall of your rib cage...
These are just some of the physical effects your body echoes while, and shortly after, listening to powerful slam poetry.
Just like music, poetry taps deep into the reserve of human emotion. It is no surprise that in many cultures, the words song and poem are still used interchangeably.
The difference between a slam poem and a song is that the strength of slam literally and symbolically moves people without any music involved.
Through the power of spoken word alone, the slam artist is able to bridge the gap between the performer and audience, transcend societal and cultural divides, and change perspectives.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to write a good slam poem, the simple answer is passion.
The most powerful slam poems do have some other important elements. So, what is slam poetry all about?