How Do You Write Poetry?

Written by A K Whitehead

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Note that: there are eight syllables in each of nine lines. There are no end rhymes but each line has an internal rhyme, though some are less obvious than others. Inrepparttar first line buy and tie in tied rhyme. Due torepparttar 126942 d in tiedrepparttar 126943 echo ofrepparttar 126944 rhyme is subdued or more subtle than otherwise. (Note also that there are different kinds of syllables, which we do not have space to discuss here)

Compare this poem with an alternative approach, albeit little different in length:

THE MUG-STAND Onrepparttar 126945 mug-stand (a)
handles once hung (b)
cups of pristine sameness (c)
beautiful and aimless (c)
inrepparttar 126946 song they sung (b)
at secondhand. (a)

Mugs are still hung (d)
but different (e)
shapes and colours, chipped, cracked - (f)
and spaces fromrepparttar 126947 fact (f)
of life. Refluent (e)
repparttar 126948 song now sung. (d)

Now The Mug Stand has a much more complicated structure. There is no internal rhyming butrepparttar 126949 end-rhymes are arranged to give sometimes stronger, sometimes more subtle echoes. The letters atrepparttar 126950 end ofrepparttar 126951 lines (a, b, etc.) indicate those which rhyme with each other. The pattern isrepparttar 126952 same in each verse so that, for example,repparttar 126953 first and last lines in both are seen to rhyme.

Notice also thatrepparttar 126954 syllabic length of lines vary within each verse but have repparttar 126955 same pattern for each verse (i.e. 4,4,6,6,5,4,). The end of any line should not be chosen in an arbitrary way, but should add something torepparttar 126956 overall effect.

Discipline In Writing Every poem you write should have its own form of discipline. Some people think that so-called free verse is easy to write and that one can do anything in such a poem. All this is untrue.These are ideas that contribute to a lot of bad verse.Good free verse is in many waysrepparttar 126957 most difficult to write, precisely because there is no obvious discipline enjoined onrepparttar 126958 writer by whichrepparttar 126959 poem might be made to work. Yet somehow it does have to create a desired effect. Writing to a defininte pattern or rule imposes a discipline which, with some practice, will initially help one to produce rather better verse.

If you are just starting out to write poetry, do begin with rhymed verse. But try not to makerepparttar 126960 rhymes too heavy and obvious. Look for different words to create an effect rather than userepparttar 126961 first that come to mind. Try an abab or abcabc type of structure rather than aabb.

Make every effort to avoid cliches. Using them is so easy a trap to fall into simply because they are phrases we have heard so often that they just creep or spring into our mind. A good poem has to have some degree of originality. Cliches are as irratating as fleas on a dog. Combe throughrepparttar 126962 poem to discover any cliches - looking for phrases like Combe through! Are there any more in this paragraph?

Whenrepparttar 126963 poem is finished, it is good practice to put it away for some weeks. Then take it out and re-read it. Be severe with yourself! Remove anything which is not right (cliches, repeats ofrepparttar 126964 same word, clumsy phrasing etc.) and re-workrepparttar 126965 poem until you feel you can do no better.

Then submit it to some publication which uses poetry. There is little point in writing poetry purely for oneself. Don't be put off by rejections. Some editors may offer suggestions for improvement. Accept them if they seem valid. But keep submitting. Not every one will like what you have written. But you must like it.

About The Author A K Whitehead Web Site: Has several collections published (available on site) and over 600 individual poems in magazines and journals in various different countries. Conditions Of Use: This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included.

The New Age Movement

Written by G Kumar

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(2) Universal Energy, Universal Matter, Universal Life, Universal Soul As God

(3) An Eternal Universe - Uniform in Space and Unending in Time

(4) Divine practices ( Astrology Yoga & other esoteric arts)

(5) Syncretism ( Unity of all Religions ).

(6) The need for Meditation ( for generating altered states of Consciousness );

(7) Life is Cyclical- Everything is cyclical, subject torepparttar cyclical upheavals of Time.

(8) Holistic Medicine & Vegetarianism (The patient is more important thanrepparttar 126941 Doctor & Alkaline diet)

(9) Pacifism ( Anti-war activities);

(10) Reincarnation; ( The Law of Conservation of Soul )

(11) The Evolution of Man into Divinity; ( The latent Life Force evolving naturally torepparttar 126942 Divine )

(12) The Union of Man withrepparttar 126943 Divine; ( Merger of man intorepparttar 126944 Infinite )

(13) Matter's Illusoriness; - Esse est percipii - Perception is Essence; Mind is Substance.

2. The Lord. - Since Matter and Energy can neither be created or destroyed andrepparttar 126945 sum total energy inrepparttar 126946 Universe is an absolute constant ( Universal Being ),repparttar 126947 Lord did not createrepparttar 126948 world, He becamerepparttar 126949 world. Monism --( "All is Unity" ) averrs that there is only One Essence inrepparttar 126950 universe, everyone and everything being a part of that essence. The Self is an utter Being and all these are its Becomings. New Agers view God as an Impersonal Life force, Consciousness, or Energy (e.g.,repparttar 126951 "Star Wars Force") mainly but they also believe in His personal aspect, asrepparttar 126952 Ocean ( which is Formless ) can takerepparttar 126953 form of an iceberg! They averr that every human has a divine spark within him because all created beings are reflections ofrepparttar 126954 Divine Idea. The eternal state is called by various terms among different New Age groups, i.e., God-consciousness, Universal Love, Self-Realization,repparttar 126955 I AM, Higher Self, Brahman, Nirvana, etc.

2. The Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Christ Consciousness orrepparttar 126956 Divine Consciousness is whatrepparttar 126957 New Age advocates mean by Christ. . In other words, Christ is a Divine Principle rather than an individual, such as Jesus. This idea of Christ Consciousness asserts that Jesus was only one ofrepparttar 126958 Christs, but that He equipped Himself to receiverepparttar 126959 Christ Consciousness (i.e., He was a great Master who attained Christ Consciousness), as did other prophets like Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed. New Agers believe Dr Paul Brunton who statedrepparttar 126960 Jesus spent 18 years in India absorbing Indian Mysticism and that he was initiated intorepparttar 126961 highest esoteric doctrine. 3. Human Destiny. Man isrepparttar 126962 measure of all things and is more divine thanrepparttar 126963 animals & hencerepparttar 126964 salvation ofrepparttar 126965 world depends upon Man. Cleansingrepparttar 126966 negative elements fromrepparttar 126967 collective subconscient should berepparttar 126968 aim of humanity. Once Negativity is cleaned fromrepparttar 126969 collective subconscient,repparttar 126970 human positive energy will shine forth andrepparttar 126971 noble ideals ofrepparttar 126972 New Age will be actualised in an era of Enlightenment. Since man is intrinsically divine and perfect, his only real problem is ignorance of that fact. Gnosis means experiential knowledge and Salvation inrepparttar 126973 New Age is for man to become enlightened through this Divine Gnosis. New Age groups offer various spiritual techniques to enable individuals, and ultimatelyrepparttar 126974 world, to evolve into this Unitive Consciousness . These techniques may include psychotechnologies for attaining altered states of consciousness - Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, Zen, Attunement , Channeling (Spirit guides), Psychics, Acupuncture, etc.

4. The Ethical Opposites, Good & Evil - Believing inrepparttar 126975 Oriental philosophies, New Agers makerepparttar 126976 distinction between good and evil. All wickedness is weakness and Evil is imperfection. Byrepparttar 126977 method of Trial and Error, we come to know what is good and what is bad forrepparttar 126978 world and we have to transcendrepparttar 126979 dualities. 5. Reincarnation. New Agers believe inrepparttar 126980 ancient Vedic philosophic concept of Reincarnation -- that through a long process of rebirths, man can eventually attain Divine perfection. They also teachrepparttar 126981 Universal Law of Karma --(( The Law of Cause and Effect ( Every effect has a cause ),repparttar 126982 Law of Action and Reaction,repparttar 126983 Law of Retribution ))- that what a person sows , he shall reap. This is alsorepparttar 126984 doctrine of God's non-responsibility, thatrepparttar 126985 Self is not responsible and it isrepparttar 126986 Ego which experiences bitter & sweet mental experiences due to its own Karma. 6.Salvation is Self-Actualisation and Sin is Ignorance - SSome theoreticians taughtrepparttar 126987 concept of Man's Original Sin. New Age exponents teachrepparttar 126988 concept of man's essential goodness. Instead of systems which emphasisedrepparttar 126989 human negative aspect and sin, New Age highlights that every man is essentially divine and it is a sin to call man a sinner ! However, New Agers speak of troublesome desires which are natural impulses which retard human evolution and makerepparttar 126990 Ego move away fromrepparttar 126991 Self. Sin is merely ignorance of man's essential divinity. The atrophied spiritual consciousness ofrepparttar 126992 normal man who lives in ignorance of his Divine Self is Sin. Likerepparttar 126993 Law of Conservation of Energy which states that Energy cannot be created or destroyed,repparttar 126994 Law of Conservation of Soul states thatrepparttar 126995 Soul can neither be created nor destroyed. Matter exists in 3 states, liquid, gaseous and solid and matter cannot be created or destroyed. Nothing ever begins to be. Similarly Life does not at physical birth begin to be. It merely enters physical conditions and assumes physical guise. It merely undergoes a parallel transformation into conditions which preexisted in other conditions. The Soul is reincarnated in different bodies in a continous succession of lives. The good or bad Karma earned inrepparttar 126996 present lifetime determines one's subsequent incarnation. Attaining higher states of Consciousness should be our aim.There are many different paths torepparttar 126997 goal of Divine perfection and we should be tolerant of other paths.

The divine Aurobindo predicted that spiritual influences from India will trigger off a global spiritual movement.There will be Mass Incarnations ( many people divinely inspired ) who will work for World Peace and Universal Love !

I saw them crossrepparttar 126998 twilight ofrepparttar 126999 Age

The massive barrier breakers of this world

The sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn

The architects of immortality

Carryingrepparttar 127000 magic Word,repparttar 127001 mystic Fire

Carryingrepparttar 127002 Dionysian Cup of Joy !

The four systems of Philosophy which triggeredrepparttar 127003 N A M are Hinduism, a product of 5,000 years of development, Buddhism, circa 560 B.C., Taoism, circa 500 B.C & Druidism, circa 300 B.C,repparttar 127004 religion ofrepparttar 127005 Celts, which extended uptorepparttar 127006 Middle Ages.

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