Welcome to Sea Scented Poetry’s first blog post of 2021. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas period despite the challenges we’re all facing.
I’ve been writing poetry off and on for a good few years now and one thing I hear from family members is “I don’t know how to read poetry.”
Ok, so how do you read poetry? To put it simply, just read it like you would any other piece of writing. Ignore line breaks, taking a short pause at a comma and a longer pause at a full stop.
If it sounds flat reading in your head, read it out loud. Does it sound different? Does reading it quietly benefit your understanding of the poem or does shouting the words out change the meaning. The real power of poetry comes from being read aloud.
Also, if you’re struggling to understand a poem’s meaning or make sense of its metaphors, stop trying to understand and enjoy the words for the sounds they make.
Here are a few links
And there are hundreds of poems to listen to at The Poetry Channel
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