A Premise for Poetry
By Jr. Bellé *
In my last post I wrote about the premise, an important tool when the writer is beginning a new story in regards to novelists, storytellers and romanticists. But what about the poets?
I have been writing my new poetry book for the last four months, and I actually did a premise. That’s because I’m working on narrative poetries, which means that I need a plot, characters and everything else that we already know. Indeed, if you are interested in narrative poetry, you can read authors such as João Cabral de Melo Neto (Morte e Vida Severina), Mario Benedetti (El cumpleaños de Juan Angel), Dante (The Divine Comedy), Robert Frost (Out-Out), Edgar Alan Poe (The Raven), Shakespeare (The Rape of Lucrece) or even Lewis Carroll (The Walrus and the Carpenter). So if you’re not writing narrative, how to start a poetry book?
If you are writing your first poetry book, forget about what I’m saying here. The first book of a poet generally is a composition of the best poems he or she has written so far. And that’s completely okay. But if you are thinking about another poetry book, maybe it’s time to try out some new tools.
A strong book usually has a guideline, a motivation that gathers those specific poems together. In other words, you must evidence and stress the background that splices the book. It might be love, hate, death, colors, animals, urban life, rural life, life, loneliness, happiness, memories or whatever you want. But you need a connection between the poems. In general, the theme links poetry books of which the structure of the poem doesn’t follow a rigid bid.
Another way to connect your poetries is through the form: sonnet, limerick, haiku, tanka, acrostic, cinquain, quintain, villanelle, concrete poetry or whatever kind of poetry style you pick. But you must stick on the proposal.
Neither the theme nor the form of the poetry will impact your choice of genre. You can write an epic poetry, an elegy, dramatic, lyric, satirical, or you can blend them in order to give more diversity to your work.
Here on Widbook, you can read many good poetry books. To find them, just click in “Discovery” and then pick “Stories, Poetry and Poems.” Below are two of my personal favorites:
Zoran Slavic – Leaving the Picture
Ajay Shukla – Awakening
* Junior Bellé is a Brazilian journalist who writes on Widbook’s blog weekly with tips and tools to help your writing. Here, he offers an exercise on writing the premise for poetry.