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Blogs? Haiku? The Thread? Zines?
These are terms I am not familiar with, can someone please educate me?
It is easy to understand the basic principals of Rhymes, but are there any recognisable guidelines for Non-Rhyming Poetry?

Coming from an Anglo-Celtic backgroud I have an interest in English history though being of a working class environment my interest is higher than general knowledge but not so accute as to be termed historian.
I can be somewhat political & playing the Devil's Advocate on occasions gives people a false perception of my ideals.

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The following comments are for "Huh??"
by ozpink

attack of the blogs
Y'know, ozpink, I have no idea what a blog is either. It sounds like cause to by a toilet plunger, but that could be a wee bit off the mark.

Haiku is a Japanese form referred to by Westerners as a form of poetry. It usually appears as three lines, the first line having 5 sylabels, the second 7, the third 5. Like Oriental music and art, Haiku is an acquired taste. There are lots of good books out there about Haiku. Some will be in your local library. And then there's the Internet.

Zines are the computer equivalent of magazines. They are also referred to as e-zines, ezines, electronic magazines, and so on.

The term thread refers to a chain of responses in an electronic forum. For example, if you went to a forum (or chat room) and posted your own topic for people to respond to, you would have started a new thread.

Just in case you don't know, a forum is a place where you can post topics, respond to topics, and where other people do the same.

A chat room, on the other hand, is the same thing in real time, where people are on-line at the same time as yourself. It's like a long-distance conference call via computer.

You'd think that kids dominate this sort of thing. The truth, however, is that a lot of older, retired people are very active on the Internet. If sick porn dominates the Web, retired grannies trading their favourite recipes comes a close second.

There are no strict guidelines for non-rhyming poetry. Strict rhyme-scheme went out the window in Western Civilization a very long time ago. This is largely because of the decline of the folk element and attendant memorization, but that's too big a topic for this resonse.

Hope that was some help.

( Posted by: gsmonks [Member] On: January 5, 2004 )

If all else fails, there's always dirty limericks.

( Posted by: gsmonks [Member] On: January 5, 2004 )

Gesundheit! One other little tip on haiku:
Aside from counting syllables,
the first line is traditionally a reference to earth (bluntly physical)
the middle line represents heaven (spiritual or philosophical)
the last line ties them together (resolution or the bridge between heaven and earth).
this is what separates a true haiku from those machine generated. (And there are a number of websites offering "haiku generators.")

( Posted by: poeteye [Member] On: January 5, 2004 )

Blogs are book logs as far as I can tell, which is what I started out using them for. The way an author can keep others updated with how their work is progressing. We here, tend to use and abuse them in all shape and manner as a testing ground and information portal. When you want to try something out or throw up a piece that doesn't wuite feel complete on it's own. I think the others have answered all the other questions. I'm glad you asked them ozpink, and gsmonks answered most of your queries ably supported by the pen and the poet.
Have fun

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: January 5, 2004 )

Re: Quote
O.k. Pen, maybe I wrongly assumed this site was full of teenage novice poets suspicious of anyone over the age of 25 when I first logged on.
Maybe I also portrayed a lack of self confidence with that assumption, thinking I'd be outclassed by accomplished poets, being myself a stone cold novice.
I admit I don't explain my motives when trying to be honorable, just as I don't give credits (act 1, scene 5) when using quotations, either people get it or they don't.
Yes I enjoy talking to young Girls, yes I find them cute to look at, but...& it's a big but, my tastes are too worldly to be satisfied by the naive & having never been in a long term relationship I am unlikely to suffer a midlife crisis.
Perhaps that last paragraph was more information than you would have liked..."I'm sorry, you take a position, you deserve a responce", Kenneth Branagh - 'Conspiracy' - Chapter 11.:-P

( Posted by: ozpink [Member] On: January 6, 2004 )

You can't avoid teen angst poetry. It's a fact of life.

Poetry, I find, is the one area in writing where genuine talent is both unmistakable and somewhat unnerving. Some people display superior knack right from the get-go, and it seems that no amount of hard work can equal natural talent, though the truth is that hard work usually pays off in the end.

So don't sweat being a novice. I myself will never become a half-way decent poet, though I try because the effort improves my structure, exposition, grammar, and vocabulary-- all of which come in handy in other areas of writing.

We am all hear to lern how to right gooder.

( Posted by: gsmonks [Member] On: January 6, 2004 )

Hi ozpink, blogs to me are just to throw out thoughts and to keep the writing alive. I like to use them when I don't have time to write long winded stories.
It's good exercise.

I'm not a poet, so I can't help you with that stuff called Haiku ;)


( Posted by: kimberly bird [Member] On: January 6, 2004 )

Thanks to all
All your comments have been a great help.
gsmonks: I certanly appreciate your brand of humour & will keep an eye out for your work.
Pen: My comment was toungue in cheek, I'm sorry if you were offended. Maybe I mis-understood what 'bio' was an abbreviation for too, but will leave that one unedited & let the chips fall where they may.

( Posted by: ozpink [Member] On: January 7, 2004 )

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