Poetic Echoes – What They Are and How to Use Them

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Remember how much fun hearing your voice bounce around a big room and then come back to you was when you were a kid? Whether those are faded memories, or whether you still do it when no one is around-let me show you how to inject that fun into your poetry. The first few are some poetic and literary terms, and the final section will be a poetry form.

Poetry and music have a close kinship, so it shouldn’t surprise you when I tell you that a poetic echo has to do with the “music” or sound in a poem, specifically with regards to types of rhymes.

In general literary terms, an echo is a “repetition of the same sound, or combination of sounds, fairly close together, so that they ‘echo’ each other[, and is a] common device in verse to strengthen meaning and structure, and also to provide tune and melody” (Cuddon and Preston 247).

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Poetry in Contemporary Society

In this ever-changing 21st century, with all its rapid technological advances, we tend to take in information in short blasts. We read emails and text messages quickly, surf the web, often in haste, flitting from page to page via links. We also tend to read fewer newspapers, magazines and longer articles of substance.

We’re a society of channel surfers, with hundreds upon hundreds of diverse specialty channels beamed into our living rooms via cable and satellite. We watch a little of this, a little of that, all the while having our thought processes interrupted by often inane commercials designed to convince us to buy something we may or may not need.

When it comes to outright reading and critical thinking for any extended period of time, we seem to be moving away from that more and more as well. When’s the last time you really sat down to enjoy a well-written novel of literary substance?

Have you recently taken the time to read a quality book of sho

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Poetry As a Spiritual Practice

Human beings have created dozens if not hundreds of methods to let go of their ordinary hustle and bustle and move inward, closer to an unseen reality. Many of these practices stem from faith traditions, for example praying the rosary as in Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and other denominations. The various forms of Yoga can be connected to religious groups. Some methods such as the popular TM meditation practiced by Dr. Oz and his staff offer programs to help people learn how. Freer from organizational connections is the simple One-Moment Meditation by Martin Boroson.

Whatever the method, spiritual practices have much in common. Overall, there is a release from the outer world and a turning inward to seek a connection to the ineffable, the divine, or the ultimate reality. The experience can be deepened by elements such as music, lighting, scents, and so on. The key factor is that the human being can travel to another dimension, so to speak. The world of habitual everyday

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Poetry and the Muses Part 3

It has long been observed that whilst the ego is useful in making daily and ordinary decisions in our life, it is less effective when it comes to more important issues; it is by nature competitive, and it tends to subordinate the greater good for more immediate gains and self-gratification. We know as well that the ego is largely driven by the left hemisphere of the brain, which is rational and analytic; again, rationality and analysis are good, but taken to extremes, have unfortunate side-effects: namely, a craving for certainty, a rejection of ambiguity, a need to be right, a lack of openness, and a foreclosure of intuition and the mystical dimension of being human.

We learn from research in this that techniques like meditation, for example, have a profoundly positive effect on the human psyche and even life span, and that one aspect of meditating is the re-balancing of the left and right brain hemispheres. So, as the left hemisphere is correlated with reason, logic, number

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Poetry and the Power of Words

Literature is art. Poetry is the art of the word. There are many forms of art: verbal, sound, plastic, gestural, and so on. Poetry and literary prose, such as narrative, for example, are verbal arts.

The varied styles and musical rhythms make up the sound art. In turn, drawing, painting, photography, printing and sculpture are visual or plastic arts. The various types of dance are sign arts. According to an old definition, plastic arts are “silent poetry”. Sure enough, the various art forms give expression to human imagination and technical skill. It is important to note that art without poetry does not exist. Mário Quintana, a Brazilian poet, used to say, “all arts are different manifestations of poetry”.

Thus, poetry is a creative form of expression that can manifest itself in many ways, not only through the verse. Poetry is one of the oldest literary expressions of humanity. In the ancient world, poetry was sung with instrumental accompanime

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On Writing and Poetry: Harry Calhoun in Conversation

“This is just brilliant. The whole interview is incredible… I’m… REALLY appreciative of some seriously good advice from a fellow writer.” Mark Howell, Senior Writer, Solares Hill

Harry Calhoun’s picture could appear beside the dictionary definition for “journeyman.” Living proof that not all writers have to be famous or stick to one type of writing to be successful, Calhoun has found frequent editorial favor as a poet since 1980 and was a widely published freelance article and literary essay writer in the 80s and 90s. In addition, he has edited a poetry magazine and a trade magazine for the housing industry and placed poetry and fiction pieces in magazines such as Thunder Sandwich and The Islander. He has been an award-winning marketing writer for multinational companies such as GE and IBM for the past twenty years.

Trina Allen is a freelance writer and editor who has read and enjoyed much of Calhoun’s work.

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Poetry and the Muses Part 4

Poetry, as we have discussed in earlier parts of this article, depends upon the Muses and accessing the deeper self or soul within each person; this is not an easy thing to do. In the C18th Lord Chesterfield commented on how an individual could be anything they chose to be, except a ‘great poet’. There has always been a recognition in all societies throughout history that the calling of the true poet – like the true prophet – is a rare and difficult one. But it was not always that way; there was a time when all people were naturally poets. This time, in Christian theology, we call pre-lapsarian, meaning before the Fall, the fall of Adam and Eve, and their subsequent expulsion from paradise.

One does not, in my view, need to be a Christian to accept this contention; it is just that the Christian myth explains it in a simple way. But the reality is that all peoples throughout all time have been religious and have been involved in religious practices. Why

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Reading and Writing Poetry to Release Childhood Pain

Healing from childhood hurts can happen through expressing them and sharing them. One powerful way to express emotional pain is through poetry. Did you know that when people express difficult feelings, they can release their emotional pain? Writing in general as a way of healing is well documented in books like Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions by James Pennebaker.

And writing poetry is famous as a vehicle for emotional release. There are hundreds-if not thousands-of examples of poems focused on difficult memories from early years. One delightful book on the power of writing about childhood experiences is This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski.

If you are not ready to write down your own memories, reading this sort of poetry can help you let go of your pain in a cathartic process, even if it’s not exactly about your situation. Because of the connection between poetry and the emotions, if you

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Great Figures and Important Periods of Poetry From 1500-1700


The Renaissance Period in English literature is also known as Elizabethan Period, or the Age of Shakespeare. Renaissance means the revival of learning, and in its broadest sense it is the gradual enlightenment of the human mind after the darkness of the middle Ages. This age advocated humanism, emphasizing man’s concern with himself as an object of contemplation. The Italian writers Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch started this movement, which shortly spread other countries of Europe. Moreover, revealing writer’s own self became full of interest. Sensitiveness to formal beauty and cultivation of the aesthetic sense lead to the exquisite lyrical poetry of the Elizabethan age.

The poetry of Elizabethan Age opens with Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey. Another important name is Thomas Sackville. Thomas Sackville, unlike Wyatt and Surrey, is not a cheerful writer, but he is superior to them in poetic technique. Sir Philip S

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Awesome Epulaeryu Poetry by Joseph

Joseph Spence is a wonderful author and poet. His words are very inspiring and uplifting in this Award Winning volume of poetry entitled, “Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body, and Soul.” As a member of The World Haiku Association and a haiku practitioner, the haiku trilogy series written in sections of three verses in this uplifting book are very inspiring. I like the inspiring words of praise and how they are articulated for the soul in each series. Additionally, this is a wonderful and joy-filled book for anyone to read and enjoy.

The prayer poems in this book address many issues ranging from heart ailments to asthma, traffic accidents to chronic pain, and a lot more. The prayers are right on point and touched the soul of the reader. The messages of love and respect in his words for others are humbling. I have found his writings to be very inspiring and uplifting for the young and old. This book of poems is very captivation and his true talent is naturally demons

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