Poetry Challenge

Okay, so I didn’t sleep the other night, and ended up researching different types of poetry. Once upon a time, I fancied myself a poet, but really haven’t felt that creative spark lately. But rereading some of my favorite poets (my top three are Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Pablo Neruda) has inspired me a bit.

Oh, actually, it’s a tie between Pablo Neruda and Robert Frost.

I remember in high school, we were given a list of 5 or 10 different types of poems, along with the rules of each one, and we had to write a poem following those rules. Some were easy, some were pretty hard (but that’s where I discovered my love for sonnets, both reading them and writing them).

Oh! And I forgot Shel Silverstein. He’s one of my favorites, too. And Langston Hughes… I forgot about him.

So anyway, while I was awake and surfing the internet, I came across a pretty extensive list of different types of poetry. Seeing the list made me want to write at least one of each kind of poem. It was also all I needed to rekindle that spark. I wrote seven poems in four hours. Not bad, considering that I probably haven’t written seven poems in the past four years.

So that’s my new challenge. I’m going to write one of every type of poem on my list, along with posting a few others here and there, just for fun.

If anyone else wants to do the Poetry Challenge with me, just jump right in! The more, the merrier!

Oh and Robert Lowell. And Sylvia Plath…. Hell, I like them all.

4 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge

  1. writingthebody says:

    Such a good idea….I am not up for it now, but will follow you. And well I have written a poem too….have not done that for a few weeks. Great idea, and great blog.

  2. Domina Jen says:

    Thanks! And your poem is amazing!

  3. keyless says:

    i wrote my Wife a poem on the “about” page of my blog, if you are interested in reading 🙂

    i actually have a fear of putting up brand new poetry, as it tends to reveal itself as “not so good” within a year or so–or such is my experience. i think you have inspired me to dig through the oldies though, and find some acceptable items.

    Do you have a favorite Lowell poem? i actually purchased Lord Weary’s Castle last year, and reread it perhaps too much. i think Colloquy in Black Rock is my favorite. Anyway, always nice to know there are poetry appreciators in the world. Following you, if that is alright!

    • Domina Jen says:

      Oh, wow… to think of a favorite! I’d have to say, off the top of my head, The Ruins of Time would be pretty high up there. But Man and Wife is a good one, too.

      I’m definitely heading over to read your poem. Thanks for following!

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