What rhymes with orange?
When we decided at the start of the year to shake up the Write Anything site, one of the areas we noted we were neglecting was poetry. Poetry has largely been seen as an irrelevance by many people in recent times – hard to understand, hard to write, pointless etc.
Yet poetry permeates our lives. We see poetry on memorials, gravestones, dedications – more than just the mealy mouthed sentiment of a Hallmark greeting card. We listen to poetry on the radio (for what are songs if not poetry?). In Britain recently there was intense interest and speculation over the appointment of the new Poet Laureate – Carol Ann Duffy, the first woman to hold the position. Shakespeare, regularly touted as the greatest writer ever, packed his plays full of poetry, and is as renowned for his sonnets.
I’ve always shied away from poetry, believing it difficult and beyond my talents. Yet writers I admire, like Edgar Allan Poe, were poets as much as they were prose writers. So, I’ve decided to try my hand, for better or verse (sorry, worse).
I have obtained a copy of Stephen Fry’s book The Ode Less Travelled, a guide to understanding and writing poetry. If nothing else, I will have a better understanding of an art form I have always thought of as esoteric and unobtainable by someone like me. And you might get a few lines of nonsense verse to enjoy too, for which I apologise far in advance!
A poet friend of mine was pleased to hear that I have got the book (since he was the one who recommended it). Whether others will be as pleased to hear the output is another matter…