Friday, May 16, 2008

STEVE'S FIRST Law of Poeticizing: Never use (or at least avoid like that cliched plague) the word like. Don't say 'it was like a cool breeze,' say 'it was a cool breeze;' i.e. use, when possible, metaphors rather than similes. Obviously, not a hard and fast rule but one that it's good to follow when possible. Besides, like is such an overused word in everyday speech!

Recognizing the importance of metaphor was my biggest breakthrough as a poet. It's so simple a concept, too; perhaps too simple and too easily overlooked. Metaphor is the magic ingredient.

On a completely different subject, I just looked at the long-range forecast for next weekend at White Springs. It's going to be hot -- lower 90s at least -- and there may be some rain by Saturday and Sunday. In other words, about the same as usual!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is good advice. In my own writing I'm trying to come out of using less passively said as in 'like a' and using stronger descriptive words without bludgeoning with language, of course.

I could never write postmodern, with it's 'catch my drift or you'll miss the wind of my fleeting pith!' narrative, (at it's fashionable worst) no, but I try to find a place where I can use fragments and symbols successfully. Which gives the reader their own mind and their own sense of appreciation of what they read, rather than how clever the writer can be. But we have talked about this before.

I'm still reading books on style and everything helps
You have any more tips there Mr Poet person?