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writer’s block: the poetic voice

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” ~ Robert Frost   Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, Sarah Jones, Lebo Mashile, Saul Williams, Tumi Molekane, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lesego Rampolokeng... Poets whose names,...

the dreaded writer’s block

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of a better way to name this section that deal with the writing craft. In the last issue I called it “craft” but that wasn’t poetic enough... So this section is now going...

Imagery

imagery - language that engages our senses: sight, tough, hearing, smelling, tasting, and even the sense of motion or balance. When a poet creates language that allows use to see, hear, feel, smell, taste, or sway, he or she has...

Rhyme, Alliteration & Assonance

Sound plays an important role in creating meaning in poetry. one way to use sound is the employ repetition through rhyme, alliteration, assonance and consonance. according to Wikipedia, rhyme consists of identical (“hard-rhyme”) or similar (“soft-rhyme”) sounds placed at the...