Journal Entry #2

In class today, I learned that poems are written and approached differently by individuals. Whether it’s how an individual writes their poem, either in stanza form or if the poem forms an object, each has their own meaning. Poetry can be expressed differently, through different emotions and can either be written and spoken to be direct or indirect. In my group I learned that being direct can be powerful, whereas being indirect but using many descriptive words and metaphors creates images in the reader’s mind. From the poems we read for our assignment and in class, I learned that using diction is extremely powerful. The word choice an individual may use can help illustrate images in the reader’s head. Rhyme patterns and having rhythm in one’s poems may also prove to be useful and they can be considered as a type of language in an art form. Rhyming schemes and having rhythm may keep the reader’s attention focused on what’s important in the poem. I also learned that when writing poetry which makes you “scream,” may help an individual find the solution to a problem or get close to it. Sometimes there’s the realization or epiphany the writer may have when finishing or writing their poem. What we learned in class was very pivotal as it was a step forward in writing creatively and understanding creative thoughts and ideas. Ideas such as the use of more metaphors and similes, longer sentence structures, and sharper words to catch and keep the reader’s attentions are some things I would like to and will apply to my creative writing.

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