Senior Care in Port Salerno, FL – Turning Creative Writing Into Poetry
Deciding to sit down and write poetry can be quite daunting. You may remember there are numerous different ways to write poetry, such as, Cinquain, Limerick, and the traditional Tercet poem. Each style of poetry has its own merits and are individually worth pursuing, but if you are deciding to write poems as a way of expression to reduce daily stress, you certainly don’t need to be so structured and formal in your writing. No matter what type of poetry you decide to write, there are certain steps that need to be taken to accomplish this goal. Those steps are:
1. Starting Your Creative Engine
Poetry is an expression of our inner thoughts and feelings. Often times these emotions and opinions are strong, powerful, and hard to put into words. Often times a poem only needs one spark to get started, and if you are writing to help reduce your daily stress levels, you have an infinite supply of topics about which to write! The idea is to pick just one very strong feeling, stress, or thought. Begin by writing everything down surrounding the thought or specific emotion. A great poem is created from honest, unfiltered emotion, so don’t be afraid to get raw with your feelings. It’s actually a great way to help you reduce your stress levels! As you continue to strengthen your “poetry muscle,” you will find it easier to put other emotions and thoughts into the poem.
2. Cruising Down the Creative Highway
You now have a list (long or short) of your raw feelings concerning one idea or situation you want to turn into a poem. You may find yourself more stirred up now emotionally than when you started and that is okay. It is important to pick the correct word to express your thoughts in a poem. Don’t be afraid to play with wording until you find the feel or flow that feels right to you. When writing a poem, try to only use words that directly describe the feeling or thought you are expressing. Be as vividly clear in your imagery as possible.
As you become more comfortable with your writing you may find yourself playing with the various poetic devices as mentioned in the beginning of this article. You may, however, decide free-verse is more suited to your personality. Either way, once you have found your ideal wording you are ready for the last step in poetry writing.
3. Breathing Life into Your Poetry
The last stage of poetry writing is to breathe life into your piece. It is important at this stage to read your poem out-loud to properly hear and feel its presence and affect to those listening. The words you picked as well as any poetic devices will give a poem a certain personality. If it does not sound right at this point, it is time to edit and re-work either the words or the device. Many great poets strongly believe a poem is never completely finished; it is an endless work-in-progress. Be patient and be kind to yourself when working on a poem. You will feel when it is right.
Writing poetry might be something your senior loved one would really enjoy doing. It’s a great hobby or pastime she can do to avoid boredom. For assistance with activities like this or going grocery shopping and other home care services, consider hiring senior home services.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care in Port St. Lucie, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.