Avoidance

I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks. Well, maybe MIA. Life got in the way again, and my writing took a hit. Unfortunately. But, when it came down to choosing between getting a couple of hours of much-needed sleep and writing, sleep will win every time.

But, I should be getting back to this stuff soon. Sleep isn't being elusive anymore--for a variety of reasons.

So, over at Poetry Thursday, the theme this week was 'avoidance.' Particularly, it's poetry that we avoid--poets, time periods, genres, whatever. We all have things we avoid--I tend to avoid Chaucer, because, frankly, it hurts my head. I avoid Poe because all the poetry that was taught in my English classes was his dark stuff, similar to his dark short stories. I adore his short stories, I hate his dark poetry. I realize that not all of his poetry is dark, but what I was introduced to is, and I just won't read the rest of it.

I also avoid rhyming poetry. Ugh. I realize that to follow a particular rhyming pattern is much more difficult than to just write, but I feel so stifled when asked to rhyme. Like I'm being boxed in. And I'm claustrophobic.

So, I've no poetry to share this week...still recuperating from some other things and the creative juices are focussed there...just wanted to share.

To see more on the poetry we avoid, visit Poetry Thursday.
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3 Response to "Avoidance"

  1. Crafty Green Poet says:
    Oct 19, 2006, 9:41:00 AM

    Ah but what do you mean by rhyming poetry? I certainly avoid poetry that rhymes at the end of the line, but I love to play with the sounds of words in a poem and create rhymes and half rhymes hidden away in the middle, and love to find this in other people's poetry. It's all the fault of the Italians anyway. English poetry didn't rhyme (I think this is the case anyway) before the idea was introduced from Italy. But Italian rhymes even in prose, so it seems an unfair burden on English language poetry!

    Sleep is good.....

  2. madd says:
    Oct 19, 2006, 10:09:00 AM

    Jayne..glad you are on the "mend"..thanks for taking time to share, I agree about Poe, some way too dark..take care..m...

  3. Anonymous Says:
    Oct 19, 2006, 1:26:00 PM

    Sounds like your going through a gestation period with poetry? That's good and necessary, too. I also think that rhyming is often forced upon the English language. So many other languages sing better when they fall into that repeating pattern. English has so few rhymes it's difficult to avoid with predictable without being . . .oohooh I'm going to write a post. Sorry, I am new at this.

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