Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 17 Walt Whitman: Cavalry Crossing a Ford

Sometimes life in the city feels a bit like a battle. Marching off to work every morning, elbowing your way through the crowd just for your own tiny little space. Then back out on the streets to trudge, trudge, trudge … Continue reading

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July 11 George Meredith: Lucifer in Starlight

What is it about evil that we find so fascinating? We read about it excessively (Murder Mysteries are always popular). Every movie season the theaters are filled with the Horror Dreadfuls or mysteries, or stories about serial killers, or good … Continue reading

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July 7 Ruth Stone: Second Hand Coat

I’ve already posted this poem, but it’s a wonderful poem and it wonderfully illustrates my next point. Today, I’m talking about building character. It can be a tough thing to do. A character must be believable, but because art is … Continue reading

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July 7 Charles Simic: Butcher Shop

Today, as promised, I’m going to talk about literary tropes that are common to both poetry and fiction prose. Some of these posts might be a bit of a stretch as some tropes, such as plot, or character development, apply … Continue reading

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June 30th Marianne Moore: The Mind is an Enchanted Thing

Yesterday, I wrote about how imagery is used in poetry (or any type of writing) to capture a moment, after all a moment is more about what you are currently seeing, hearing, touching, smelling or tasting or feeling, but imagery … Continue reading

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