I want someone to write a poem about how frustrating poetry is in high school because that would honestly describe me. I started out with the opinion that I don’t like poetry and (surprise, surprise!) I still don’t. I don’t particularly like all the rules involved in poetry. Everything has to be just right with rhythm, rhyme, structure, imagery, tone, syllabic stress, and about fifty other components. I work better with creative writing and stories because I am less restricted and find it easier to convey my ideas. I have looked on other poets now as people who must not have paid very much attention to what the school is teaching about poetry. If they did, they probably would have never decided to make a living on poetry. The second poem was a bit easier to write because I had a general idea for my theme. My poem’s theme is “life is made up of different seasons” and it compares seasons to the different time periods in a person’s life. I did this because I felt that I could convey this idea best out of all my other ideas.
I think my poem could be enhanced with images of either the seasons or of the character developing. The reason I want either one or the other is that I like the air of mystique that approach lends my poem. In my actual poem, I never come out and directly point out that I’m talking about spring and summer. I don’t blatantly tell the audience that I have an evolving character in my poem. I do this because I want the audience to make their own connections and do some of the work. This also allows the reader to gain their own perspective on my theme. Out of the two ways I could go, I like the seasonal imagery better because it is somewhat easier to portray and I feel it would help the audience understand better. An idea is to have a tree or vine border around the page that evolves from one season to the next as my poem dictates. Perhaps something like this?