Saturday, January 5, 2013

Poetry of course

Poets learn about poetry by reading the poems of practiced poets, studying a variety of forms, and experimenting with techniques.

In hope of providing you with ongoing help for all of the above, I recently uploaded my former poetry home study course as a Kindle e-book, the Christian Poet’s Guide to Writing Poetry and, soon after, uploaded the Poetry Dictionary For Children and For Fun – for poets of all stages and ages.

In addition to those resources, the previous postings on this blog will hopefully help you with your poetry as I refocus on writing and revising mine:

Line Breaks:

Line breaks can make or break your poem


Punctuate your poetry

Punctuation and grammar provide poets and writers with language tools of writing trade


Getting A New Vision For Your Re-Vision.

Poetry Revision: Less can bring more to a poem

Revising your poetry can be a smooth move


Enjambment and rhyme placement tone down jangling rhymes

Good times to write in rhymes

Unlocking clockwork rhyme


Scan A Poem. Get The Picture.

Scan a poem. Catch the beat. Change the rhythm as you revise.


Title Tales: on finding effective titles for your poems

Why and how to title a poem

Traditional Forms:

How to write Haiku

Rhyme, rhythm, and reality: traditional English verse

Sonnets traditionally require poets to use rhythmic rhymes and argue nicely in fourteen lines

Villanelles need something worth repeating

Writing children’s poems for actual kids to read

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler


  1. I wish I had the skill of being a poet :) Good post!

  2. Thanks. If you're drawn to poetry and like to write poems, skill will increase with study, reading, and practice, practice, practice! Blest wishes with your work.