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Greg McVerry

Homonyms and Homphones in the poet's toolkit #clmooc #writingcommunity

We often talk about the tool's it a poet's toolbox. Ideas like including two unrealted subjects, writing through senses, emotions, and observations. A poet who writes

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We often talk about the tool's it a poet's toolbox. Ideas like including two unrealted subjects, writing through senses, emotions, and observations.

A poet who writes in English can also take advantage of homophones and homonyms to stretch and bend meaning. They allow you to indluce a double entendre, letting a word inhabit two meanings. Hopmophones and homonyms also can provide hard pivot points in a poem

A homonym are words that sound alike but have different meanings. A homophone is a type homonym where the words have different meanings, different spellings, but sound the same.

Yesterday the creww, inspired by Terry, wrote a series of homonym poems around the word fuse.

Fuse means many things. You can light a fuse, blow a fuse, or fuse things together. The etymologogical history maybe similar but the meaning different.

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Kevin's Poem

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Terry's Poem

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Greg McVerry

Writing with Observations #EDU407 #clmooc #poemsofpresence #writingcommunity

When we write we often capture what we observe. Scientist write formal observations. Mathematicians may observe patterns. Literary experts see poetry. Each discipline takes its

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When we write we often capture what we observe. Scientist write formal observations. Mathematicians may observe patterns. Literary experts see poetry. Each discipline takes its own spin, but the basic skill remains.

Every writer should carry an observation notebook.  In fact journaling may improve student writing and positive perceptions of learning  (Connor-Greene, 2000). Yoru journal maybe a blog but the best authors never pockets empty of pens and paper.

Jot what you see.

Types of Observation Posts

An observation post can also provide a blogger stuck without an idea. Just look around and pcik something, jot down a few ideas in your notebook, and then write a post.

Ordinary Object

Choose an ordinary object like a pencil or a coffee cup. Describe it in great detail. For a challenge choose a metaphor or emotion to with the object.  Stare at your piece. Write down even the most minute details. Go to your blog and draft the post.

Take a Walk

Go outside. Every ten minutes stop for one minute and jot down what you see. Or just fall down, gaze up at the sky, and write.

Extraordinary Objects

Pick weird stuff. Jot down and share your description. 

Text Structure

Ever notice how the angles in YouTube videos change quickly and without transitions? These are called jump cuts. Pick a genre you are unfamiliar with and observe the text structure.

Time Lapse

Pick the same subject. Write about it in some time interval for a set period of time.

 

 Connor-Greene, P. A. (2000). Making connections: Evaluating the effectiveness of journal writing in enhancing student learning. Teaching of Psychology, 27(1), 44-46., P. A. (2000). Making connections: Evaluating the effectiveness of journal writing in enhancing student learning. Teaching of Psychology, 27(1), 44-46.

Greg McVerry

Poetry is Risk A #clmooc #poetryport poem as a gift to poets willing to risk it all spilling truth in their falsehoods #writingcommunity

Poetry is risk verse running into                  dangerunwanted events  spilled on             paperAs probability of poetry puddles inhuman miseryExpectations of hopegrounded in fearobjective becomessubjectiveprosody of brokenwordsin rebel

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Poetry is risk
verse running into
                  danger
unwanted events
  spilled on
            paper
As probability of
poetry puddles in
human misery
Expectations of hope
grounded in fear
objective becomes
subjective
prosody of broken
words
in rebel poets
18 whiskeys deep
"mad bad, dangerous to know"
        Poetry spits in the face of
probability of errors
     embraces the sin in syntax
A primary prevention
of the human condition
     slipping      into the     mundane
with songs humane, to keep us sane
sorrow found in the wind
and rain of Autumn
soaking souls of
history
"You are a man.
Isn’t this reason enough to die?"
poetry is freedom

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