Snow White Writing is a weekly writing segment where I write about my writing journey and share some of my works as well.
Poetry. The bane of my existence in the (short) half of my second semester in Year 1 of university. Yes, I do love it now, but I’m pretty sure I’ll hate it again once my first semester of my second year begins.
Why? Four words: My Creative Writing lecturer.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great person and I love the challenges she presents, but when she’s panicking or something, her writing advice becomes even more vague than it is and mass panicking ensues within the students enrolled in her module. Seriously, not specifically knowing where you’re going wrong with your piece of writing is incredibly terrifying, particularly when said piece of writing is due the following week, the task of writing it has only been given to you in the previous class, and that your lecturer doesn’t even have an office (thus, no office hours to drop by to seek help) on campus.
But, enough about that, I’m not here to 100% whinge. Instead, I’m here to dole out some words (a phrase?) of wisdom shared to my class by our ex-TA-now-lecturer-for-a-different-module:
Poetry is a novel condensed into one page.
Obviously, poetry isn’t strictly limited to one page only, but the above words turned my entire struggle with “Reign in the poem! This is overused! Keep it lean!” into something easier to digest. The way my current CW (Creative Writing) lecturer teaches is a complete one-eighty from the way my college one taught, so there was a lot of struggle trying to even keep up with the former’s demands. Yes, I’m aware that words resonate differently for everyone, but the above quoted words gave me this little epiphany and I think I’m slightly better at writing poetry than before.
Have you ever written poetry before? What are some of your favourite styles (limericks, free verse, etc)?
If you’d like to read some of my poems, feel free to head over here to do so!