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Thoughtful Thursdays: A Poetic Column

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On Good Friday 2007, I took my entire family down to see where my grandparents lived in the low-country of South Carolina. This was a reflective journey and a response to a story I had published about my tea parties in this old house with my beloved Grandmother. To view this story, click here Tea Time with Bammy


Thoughtful Thursdays: A Poetic Column

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Modern Poetry has a different meaning depending on who you ask. But relevant poetry is very time specific. That would change almost daily. Today I'd like to talk about where art, poetry, and reality collide. I am going to give you a poem relevant to our times.

Thoughtful Thursdays: A Poetic Column

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Since I was seven years old, I have loved the musical tonality of poetry. 

When I was nine years old, I started studying the flute in orchestra after school. If memory serves me correctly, it was that following summer that I began to fuse my love of poetry and writing. Naturally, I became a lyrical poet.

So now here I am over thirty years later in college; reading and writing the Poetry I have always adored. 

What is lyrical poetry?

Lyrical poetry is any poetry that has a musical sound when it is read aloud. Generally, this means that the poems themselves have some kind of timing you hear while it is read, but you can create this very easily for yourself in your own poems. All you have to do is create lines with about the same amount of syllables, and the use of rhyme can also help the listener hear the rhyme scheme embedded within the poem. (Sorry, Dr. Cox: I know you find rhyming an irritating device.)

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word lyrical means the author is expressing…

Thoughtful Thursdays: A Poetic Column

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What defines a lyric poem?

Lyric poetry is when the writer is using first person to express thoughts and feelings of the poet. This term is coined by the use of the lyrical, or melody-like sound of the notes the various words sing out when the poem is recited. Examples of a lyrical poem would also include Sonnets (Feb. 2013 Columns) or Ode's (not covered yet)