Handwriting for taking notes when I'm out and about, I keep a small notepad with me wherever I go. Typing for when I sit down in my office and it's time to transcribe onto the computer and building either a poem or a scene for a short story.
Posted: 25th May 2019 5:57pm
Joined 25th May 2019 Forum Posts: 4
I use and enjoy both. The urge to sentimentally choose the pen is understandable, and I do always keep a pen and notebook close by. That said, there is such a benefit to seeing what your poem will look like in real time. Seeing the line breaks, stanza breaks, and even the physical appearance of the words on the page is incredibly beneficial when making edits or creative decisions.
Posted: 5th June 2019 2:55pm
Joined 4th Mar 2019 Forum Posts: 18
The Swinburne Arms
Drinking beer and thinking of Swinburne's poems. Watching time slip backwards as beer slips down, and realising none of his work is present at The Swinburne Arms.
I think that my next 'strategy' is to try and write something in iambic pentameter (one of the things I'm working on is a court case from the 1720s) and either leave it in blank verse or put some rhyme in it. The point is just to practice the meter though.
ps I don't know why the poem appeared in the thread?
It's partly because I haven't worked with specific verse forms, but there's a couple you've mentioned that I don't know of at all. The "Pushkin sonnet" for one (how many varieties are there...?!) (Haha.)
Speaking of metre again, I've never quite understood how the stresses work. If unused to writing in this way, does one develop an 'ear' for it?
Posted: 6th June 2019 9:46am
Joined 28th Sep 2018 Forum Posts: 136
"Speaking of metre again, I've never quite understood how the stresses work. If unused to writing in this way, does one develop an 'ear' for it?"
Yes but it isn't easy.
There are some good links on the web about iambic pentameter where wanna be actors get into the rhythm of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter in his blank verse. That is a good 'in' (or it was for me); by repeating their exercises I good 'feel' it. It all sounds a bit hippy-dippy nonsense but if you find the websites you'll know what I mean.
I also found Anglo Saxon meter really useful to 'feel' a rhythm ... I've got some links but not to hand at the moment ... will post later (as well as the Shakespeare ones).
Posted: 13th July 2019 2:21am
Joined 8th Aug 2016 Forum Posts: 5
I like to use a pen and paper to work out what I'm going to say. Once the poem is written, I type it into my computer
I hope you dance
Posted: 15th July 2019 10:04am
Tyrant of Words
Joined 5th Nov 2014 Forum Posts: 1704
I like writing in blood LOL
Posted: 15th July 2019 10:37am
Edited: 15th July 2019 10:38am
Joined 14th June 2017 Forum Posts: 2016
David_Macleod said:I like writing in blood LOL Mate you remind of my teenage years...when a friend my bro wrote a love letter to his girlfriend in blood. Only that the blood in that case was from a chicken butchery near his home.