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Poetry Niche

Writing Style
by Lea Docken

As a novice poetry editor I made a checklist of all the styles of poetry I could find. I listed at least ten different styles, most I never heard of. At the side of each poetic style I listed the meters needed and the rhyme scheme. I went to edit the poetry and discovered it would take forever just figuring out the style of each poem. The poor poet would have no idea what I commented on. I spent hours changing the checklist so I would have something both the poet and I could work with. I began to think about the way I write poetry. I never did say to myself, 'I am going to write a sestina or couplet today,' I just wrote. Think