What Are Your Thoughts On Form Poetry?
A blank page stares at you. What will you write?
I wrote my first original poem in 2014. I remember how good it felt, and how much I could not wait to write the next. It was a poem about beauty and love.
I find it unbelievable today, but I applied form in writing it. I applied figures of speech, a rhyme scheme (simple), and I believe alliteration, and consonance too.
Ps: I will share my first-ever poem someday 🙂
What is form in poetry?
Form is style, perhaps in the most basic sense. I believe that style is an extra to the ordinary. So, think rhyme, length (line and stanza length), devices, among other “extras” to make a poetic form.
For the next two years (2014 & 2015, and part of 2016), I found form irresistible. I loved using rhyme, alliteration, consonance, and repetition. I enjoyed trying out existing forms and, over time, tried mixing up form poetry with free-verse.
I then found free-verse quite appealing. I love it even more today. I love how it allows my ideas to flow with no restrictions, no “governors”. Some ideas must be put down hot, raw. I love how free-verse makes that possible.
Form slows me down. Sometimes, for hours, it confuses me. I love the challenge, but sometimes, I wonder why all that time? I could perhaps put down a few free verses before slowing down with form.
What are your thoughts on form poetry?
What about free-verse?
I love the rhythm that form creates. I love the musicality in such poems. The readability (for performance-sake). I love the structure. I love the complexity and how a piece can appear simple when you read or view. I love how much I learn when I try and perhaps write form poetry.
But still, I would choose free-verse any time. I could take a few minutes to collect my thoughts and write. When I do, it feels magical. It is raw. I love how raw looks, reads, feels.
Share your thoughts on form/free-verse poetry in the comments 😀
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Benie is a poet and fiction writer, living in Nairobi, Kenya. He shares thought-provoking discussions, and occasionally does spoken word poetry and plays. Benie is also a freelance content and article writer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry.