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May and June and July focused on writing occasional poems for live audiences. These months offered guidance for rocking that Live Mic experience. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the patriotic Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day occasioned several close analyses of poems written for specific occasions.

The analyses focus on major poets like Judith Viorst (Mother’s Day), Robert Haydn (Father’s Day), and Walt Whitman, Waldo Emerson, John MacRae, Rupert Brooke, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wilfred Owens (patriotic days).

In August, occasional poems are cast aside to look at influences that help poets execute their concept.

Aug. 5 compared the Eagles’ rock hit “Hotel California” to Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna”.

Aug. 15 revealed Edna St. Vincent Millay’s crafting of “First Fig”.

Aug. 25 examined how Millay and Robert Frost used Aristotle’s Three Unities of time / place / action to develop several poems.

In September, we start drilling down into poetic devices.

Join us on the 5ths (5th / 15th / 25th) for the continuation of our year-long lessons in improving your poetic craft. 

This link will carry you to the August 25 blog. Work backwards from there.

Happy writing!