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I got a mail from Miss. Archana from Chennai, India this week. She says,
There are many people who face the same problem as Archana does. They have all the ideas but when they put pen to paper, it doesn't sound all that great. Of course a good poetry comes from lot of practice, but there are some techniques you can incorporate to 'add a little zing' to your poetry.
One of the easiest and most effective ones is the use of figures of speech. You can make your poem more interesting, descriptive, more alive and hold the audience interest by the use of these.
Let's consider this sentence. "She had deep blue eyes."
A simple figure of speech can add a lot of dimensions to a sentence. Below, I am listing most of the commonly used figures of speech. This is by no way a complete list. If you know of others which you think should be here, send them to me and I will see that they are put up.
It is not necessary that you really know the names of all of these, just what they stand for. In fact you will notice that we often use most of them, with out really thinking about it.
E.g. Eyes as blue as the sky and deep like the ocean
E.g. He was a lion in the battle field
E.g. A thousand times I begged his pardon
E.g. Handsome is as handsome does
E.g. Betty bought some butter but the butter was bitter so Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better.
E.g. The wind whispers secrets in my ears
E.g. The tinkle of the bangles
E.g. I never said I didn't hit him
E.g. Your answers are perfectly wrong
E.g. It was a dark day.
E.g. The good and bad of it lies in where you look
E.g. The face that launched a thousand ships
E.g. He thus in reply
E.g. She lay thus in eternal undisturbed sleep
E.g. Her love made her live, her love made her grieve
E.g. My love for you drives me to great depths
E.g. She lives among us, ten years after her death
There are many figures of speech which I have not listed, some because I don't know them and some because I feel they aren't widely used.
Figure of speech is a very powerful tool in the hands of a poet. It can be used subtly and effectively to add a whole new dimension to your words. In fact it would not a be a great exaggeration to say, a figure of speech plays a huge part in separating a prose from a poetry.
So, I would like you to pay lot of attention here. Pick any of the poem you wrote earlier on and pep it with some figures of speech. Now observe the difference. You are still essentially saying the same thing, but it sounds so much more lively and so much more meaningful.
As always, I await your mails and forum postings. I find that there are many more views to the form topic than posting. I would appreciate it if you would at least drop a 'hi' in the forum to let me know you visited. It is so encouraging to see the postings there and know that many people are reading what I write.
Till next week, have fun writing.
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