Friday, February 20, 2009

Poetry Tips: Copy Cat

Being a copy cat usually gives you a bad reputation but why not use strong poets’ works to help you get out of your comfort zone? What if you re-wrote Robert Frosts’ poem “The World Less Traveled” from your own perspective? Sound daunting? It’s supposed to be. That doesn’t mean you are going to try and publish the poem, it simply means you are going to try something different to develop your style. How would your style of writing translate to Emily Dickinson’s poems? What about Mary Oliver’s? Sometimes when Writer’s Block gets the best of you it can be of benefit to “copy-cat” someone else just to get out of the rut. Then you can move on to bigger and better writing, so to speak. Good luck to all of you who try to “copy-cat” a poem you admire and/or fear.

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