What we aren’t reading that might help our writing most

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Poetry? Really? Robert Chazz Chute makes the argument #poetry #writing

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“Poetry: the best words in the best order.”

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How does poetry help your prose? Why is poetry still important even though so few people buy it? Here’s why:

1. To paraphrase comedian Greg Proops: “Because George Bush and Dick Cheney. That’s why.” Poetry is a salve for our minds and times.

2. To take off on the Coleridge quote: Poetry is the least words in the best order. Capture a scene with fewer brush strokes and the reader will appreciate the efficiency of your storytelling.

3. From “A Late Walk” by Robert Frost: 

And when I come to the garden ground,
The whir of sober birds
Up from the tangle of withered weeds
Is sadder than any words.

To capture images with imaginative language that illuminates the scene in the reader’s mind, practice by reading and writing more poetry. So much prose is linear to the…

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5 responses »

  1. I can ‘t agree with this more. I was in love with poetry from the first day I discovered it. I read it. I write it. I can’t tell you how much my background in poetry has contributed to the quality of my prose. Poetry is to prose what rain is to the planted seed. The seed will grow without water. But the water will make it even more beautiful.

    See what I did there? That’s poetry.

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  2. I couldn’t agree with this more. My extensive training in poetry helps me every day with my prose. Poetry is a discipline and the rules can apply to your prose. We writers could all use a little dose of discipline.

    Poetry is to prose what the rain is to a planted seed. The seed will grow without the rain. But, the rain makes it much more beautiful.

    See what I did there? That’s poetry.

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