I must begin with a thank you. A thank you to all the tea-lovers out there who dropped by on my first post. Time is precious, I need you to know that it means a lot to me that you chose to use some of your diminishing life minutes to read and comment on my words of wisdom. For some reason, I didn’t actually believe anyone would be interested… However, it seems you are. Therefore I now feel under pressure to entertain.
So, lets pour the tea, choose a cake and begin with… Poetry!
The Creative Writing Course which I recently enrolled on begins with a year of ‘Writing Skills’. A toe-dip into different aspects of writing, beginning with poetry. Now, I began this course with very few academic qualifications (as you can probably tell from my poor grammar and limited vocabulary). GCSE English Language resulted in a C and I haven’t done any other writing-based studying since. However, I have such a burning desire to write I just had to do something. I wanted a focus for the future, an aim, an excuse to find time to put pen to paper every single day. The OCA Creative Writing Course is it.
Poetry isn’t something that I’ve ever taken the time to read. My daughter is a student at a weekend drama school and she has performed poetry for exam pieces in the past. I listened and sometimes I shed a tear, but on reflection, I know that these tears were more for the pride in seeing her perform than for the words themselves. I never really paid full attention to the ti-tum of the rhythm or language of the verse. Right now, I’m seriously regretting that.
My course comes with a reading list. From the poetry section I chose to read ‘The Ode Less Travelled, by Stephen Fry.’ I picked this particular book as I love and respect Mr Fry as a comedian, actor and author. I love his wonderfully visible intelligence, his quick wit and most of all, his seemingly-endless vocabulary. I soak up his words of wisdom, dictionary clutched in one hand, note book and pen in the other. Ready to scribble, research and expand my hungry mind.
(Focus Sarah, back to poetry…)
Basically, I’m finding it hard work. It begins with the rules of poetry, I thought creativity was supposed to be free! No-one mentioned any rules to me! Then there are the principles, words which I cannot even pronounce never mind understand.
For all those out there who read and write poetry, will this get any easier?
Am I ever going to be able to complete Exercise 1?
Right now I feel like Alice when she fell into that rabbit hole. I feel like I’m falling in the darkness. I still have a whole new world to cross before I even glimpse the tea table with its quirky attendees and crazy hat-wearing host.