ABC of Poetry;
Writing Poem
What is poetry?
Poetry is simply
the art of rhythmical composition that is either written or spoken for the
pleasure of a beautified, imaginative and elevating thoughts. When it is
poetry, there are diverse meaning and definition attached to it. For instance,
I will describe poetry as using what you see to express what you feel. Poetry
is the most beautiful genre in literature, do you know why? I know some of you
exclaim, “…because it’s got no rule”.
Yes, you are
absolutely right!
However, we
shouldn’t forget the fact that, poetry was and is borne out of our different
languages. The truth of the matter is, every tribe, every group has got their
various forms of poetry, some of which subjects like elegy, epic poetry,
limerick, sestina, and so many more. Now in an African setting, poetry is more
like lineage praise, eulogy, panegyrics, adulation and the likes
Poetry is one
beautiful thing amongst all forms of writing, it is beautifully constructed and
always give one a deep and in depth thoughts towards oneself and towards life
as a whole.
Irrespective of how
open and vast poetry, we should always remember that it did not start from the
blue, it was borne out of a particular language, and every languages has its
sets rules which must be followed literally. One major thing about poetry you
can do is to take time to read through it before making it public, as one truth
about poetry is that, there is no single meaning to the plots and themes to the
poetry language. Make sure the words are arranged in a way that makes sense.
Make sure you take the time to proofread what you have crafted. A sloppy poem
will be overlooked by your readers. You will find some examples of common
mistakes that have been seen in people’s work. Some may be an innocent
oversight on the writer’s part. Others might be a reflection of a sloppy
writer. Either way, learn from these so you don’t make the same mistakes.
Make sure you leave
spaces after words, commas, and periods. When using a comma, it should be put
directly after the last letter in a word (no space before it). Using this
correct formatting makes text much easier to read.
·         Life is of the innocents,the waifs and
·         Parents ,uncles, aunties too
It is much more
appealing if you use words spelled out in their entirety rather than
abbreviations. A lot of people use “text talk” in their writing,
which is fine for conversations between friends through texts, Facebook
messages, etc., but in the world of published writing, words should be spelled
out. Examples:
·         & the pains within me knows no
·         Nd the life played its part and dealt
its card
Using word
processors gives us a great advantage because we have access to spell checkers.
This helps to eliminate many obvious spelling errors. But sometimes errors slip
under the radar because the words are spelled correctly, but they are used
incorrectly. Maybe you left off an s at the end of a word. Maybe you used a
homonym, a word that sounds the same but is spelled differently. Even though we
have spell checkers, don’t fully rely on seeing that red squiggly line. There
could be mistakes within your writing that have not been identified as spelling
mistakes. That’s why it’s always best to read through your manuscript
critically. Having someone else read through it is also a good idea because an
author is more likely to overlook mistakes that someone else would catch. A
lowercase letter i is just that, a letter. When used to talk about yourself, it
always needs to be capitalized. Examples of spelling mistakes:
·         I sit in my room luking towards
·         the serch for rest
·         And its happens
·         Rest in peace Mum..i love you
·         the secret of two soul
·         were there is no fear there is no
Contractions are
formed when two words are joined to make a new word. When using contractions,
you need to remember to also use an apostrophe. The job of the apostrophe is to
hold the place of the missing letters. Here are some examples of frequently
used contractions:
·         aren’t: are not
·         can’t: cannot
·         didn’t: did not
·         don’t: do not
·         doesn’t: does not
·         hadn’t: had not
·         hasn’t: has not
·         haven’t: have not
·         I’ll: I will
·         I’m: I am
·         it’ll: it will
·         it’s: it is
·         I’ve: I have
·         isn’t: is not
·         let’s: let us
·         mustn’t: must not
·         she’ll/he’ll: she/he will
·         she’s/he’s: she/he is or has
·         she’d/he’d: she/he had or would
·         that’d: that had or would
·         that’ll: that will
·         that’s: that is
·         shouldn’t: should not
·         there’ll: there will
·         there’s: there is or has
·         there’ve: there have
·         they’d: they had or would
·         they’ll: they will
·         they’re: they are
·         they’ve: they have
·         wasn’t: was not
·         we’d: we had or would
·         we’ll: we will
·         we’re: we are
·         we’ve: we have
·         weren’t: were not
·         won’t: will not
·         wouldn’t: would not
·         you’d: you had/would
·         you’ll: you will
·         you’re: you are
Its vs. It’s
These two words do
not mean the same thing, so they should not be used interchangeably.
“Its” shows possession, which can sometimes trip people up because
usually when talking about possession, an apostrophe is used. For example, if
we were talking about the color of a book, you would say, “Its color is
blue.” Examples of “its” used correctly:
·         He stepped on the end of its tail.
·         A duck uses its webbed feet to swim.
·         The bus flashes its lights when a
student is getting on or off.
·         The dog walked with its tail between
its legs.
Examples of
“its” used incorrectly:
·         Its true that I love.
·         I carry an umbrella when its raining.
·         They want to know when its going to
“It’s” is
a contraction that is formed by combining “it” and “is” or
“it” and “has.” Examples of “it’s” used
·         The bus still isn’t here. It’s late.
·         It’s been snowing all day.
Examples of
“it’s” used incorrectly:
·         When they walked by it’s bone, the dog
·         The baby wanted it’s bottle.
If you ever get
stuck figuring out if you should use “its” or “it’s,” try
putting “it is” in the sentence in place of the word. Does it make
sense? If not, you want to use “its.”
They’re, Their, or
All three of these
words sound the same, but they all have a different meaning.
“They’re” is a contraction for the words “they” and
“are.” Examples:
·         They’re going to the football game.
·         I stopped, but they’re still walking.
·         We will play if they’re going to as
shows possession. Something is belonging to someone. Examples:
·         It’s their turn to go first.
·         We went over to their house.
·         That is their dad.
“There” shows
a location for something. Examples:
·         The book is sitting over there on the
·         Take off you shoes when you get there.
·         We need to walk fast to get there on
Expect more lessons
on poem writing!


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