What’s your take on poetry?
I used to hate poetry that didn’t rhyme. A few high school creative writing classes later, I hated poetry with end rhymes and meters. After a semester of British History, I decided Tennyson was the bomb and amended my ways. (Though I still despise rhymed poetry without a meter. I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than read a stanza of that. Sigh.)
That being said, my own poetry isn’t superb. Far from it. DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A POET.
Unfortunately, my protagonist is.
I’ve written for a poet once before, if RPGs count. His name was Lentus, he had a fake right hand, and he was very nice to people, especially small children. But he doesn’t matter.*
Anyway, the point I’m making is that random bits of poetry are incorporated into my novel to reflect the thoughts and angst of my main character, Esrov. I don’t think they’re terrible, but yes, they’ll need revision just like everything else. I have a friend who is an amazing poet—I plan to have her look over them once my first draft is finished.
So, since I’m on the subject, today’s quote will be the last poem I wrote. (Feel free to critique.)
The weight within the parcel
equates the weight of god
worn upon your shoulders
forward feet will trod
and when the knees are weary
the spine twisted with ache
God’s weight will weigh upon you
and your body break.**
-The Raimos, Chapter 11
*I actually incorporated him briefly into my first completed novel (The Oracle Seals), but if I ever revise the rough draft, he’s being scrapped. He had no point being there to begin with.
**Meter will be fixed someday.