Few tips that can get you going in poetry.Friendship day poems are on rage and many of you are writing splendidly. I don't really respond to all the poems but I read them all. But for those who might face difficulty in shaping a poem I wish to give a tip. I'm not really a good poet and I have no physical qualification to enable myself advise you as an expert. But as a fellow poet I would like to help you out.
Jingles, poems and rhymes are used so interchangeably. But that should not be the case. There is a difference between all these.
Jingles follow a flow. It is written to be sung. So there is an inherent rhythm and a constant meter. And also every two lines rhyme in perfect. Most jingles follow AABB format where A and B are rhyming schemes.
Poems on other hand have a variety of variety of rhyming schemes. AABA, ABAB, AABB, AAAB, ABAA are just a few to name. We have a limited flexibility in terms of meter.
So what is the easy way to write a poem?
Using the very easy AABB format is best for beginners. I write a lot of poems in that format. Make sure you balance the vowel sounds and not the words. "Miserable" has four syllable sounds. 'I', 'e', 'a' and 'e' make these sounds. Do not concentrate on the number of words you use. Pay attention to the syllables.
Should I help out with an example?
Ex: My parents were celebrity singers
who happened to lose their fingers.
These lines sound good. They are in AABB format where last words of two lines rhyme. But the vowel sounds are not balanced. First line has 10 vowel sounds. Second one has 7-8 sounds. So not doing for me. But notice how easy it is to sing. It has a rhythm. It's a good rhyme.
Let's try another thing.
Ex: Both my parents were celebrity singers
To my torment they lost their fingers.
Wow now the lines have perfect vowel sound balance.
This was a small tip. Without maintaining stuff like these and only making last words rhyme kills the emphasis of a poem. Poems are meant to be powerful. So we should not deny them.
I hope I was helpful. Let's make great poems together.