8:38 a.m. — Walnut Creek
Hello, all. First a couple of links that might help you with the internal rhyme of the ghazal as well as any future rhyming needs. Mike Patrick gives us: http://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/ and Viv gives us: http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi? It is worth having both to hand as they work in different ways.
And I want to give you Mike’s link to mind-mapping. I am giving you the link to his post about mind-mapping, in case you did not see it: http://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/chivalry-is-dead/ For those of us who mind map, this is a terrific tool.
Okay, as long as I have given three links, I think I shall continue with links [yes, brain dead — I love my vacation, but will be glad when I can think again]
I have sent you to the Rag Tree before. He is always interesting and has a post on something we all deal with every time we choose a word. Here is part of what he says: In the context of the humble word, for instance, semantics draws the distinction between denotation and connotation–between a word’s literal meaning and the emotions and other meanings that the word suggests (and please note, this is a distinction understood by poets practically from the moment of birth ). In other words, a word is never just a word, but a group of meanings and feelings triggered by a principle meaning. Or we could say that a word, once learned, does not remain static, but grows as we acquire its cultural associations and individual emotional responses to its use.
The next link is to a post by Robert Lee Brewer whom many of you know from Poetic Asides. He asks established poets if they had one piece of advice for poets what would it be. The post has value for us all no matter how long we have been writing. Even though nothing was new to me, I needed to reread and be reminded of many things. I don’t think we can read and reread enough. In our busy, often overfull lives it’s of value to remind ourselves about anything to do with our writing.
The next link is to a post written by Annell on Somethings I Think About. The post teaches us how to read a painting and is utterly fascinating. Given that most of us write from an image at some point, this post teaches us where to look, how to look and why. Annell tells us how a painting works when we look at it.
Okay, enough to give you some food for thought, but not too much for halfway through July. I will see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup; and Tuesday, for an open prompt; and Thursday is a day off.
Over the next couple of weeks I will take a couple of days off. My husband will be arriving for a few days and then we will be flying/driving to Atlanta. I will try and let you know but if I don’t appear that’s where I am.
Happy writing, everyone.