The Poet’s Toolbox: Introduction

The Poet's Toolbox: Introduction

Poetry is an art form, make no mistake. A well-written poem is all about the effect on the reader; rhyme, meter, and other such technical aspects are simply means to the desired end.

That said, it never hurts to look for new ways of using the tools at one’s disposal. Understanding the technical side of poetry can help us when we’re stuck in a rut or need to revise a verse for greater impact.

So what is in the poet’s toolbox? Take a look:

  • Form.
  • Perspective.
  • Language.
  • Meter.
  • Rhyme.
  • Sound.

Rhyme alone does not a great poem make. For best results, you will want to apply all of these tools to make every word and sound count.

As this series continues, we will link to each post below.

The Poet's Toolbox: Form

Form

The Poet's Toolbox: Perspective

Perspective

The Poet's Toolbox: Language

Language

The Poet's Toolbox: Meter

Meter

The Poet's Toolbox: Rhyme

Rhyme

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Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.