Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poetry – What Do You Enjoy?

I was recently asked what sort of poetry is the best. It's an interesting question, but kind of like asking what sort of food is the best. Not an easy thing to do when you can enjoy a wide variety. And like food, some poetry can be liked by one person, and despised by another. Perhaps the better question would have been, what are my favourite varieties of poetry and why? And what are a few examples? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Standard Poetry
This is the type of poetry most people think of. It's a simply written, rhyming piece; such as the following.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer

Descriptive Poetry
Poems can also express how one is feeling at any given moment. Rita, a character from the film 'Groundhog Day' was disgusted by Phil's egotism and gluttony. She found the best way to describe her feeling by quoting partially from "Breathes There The Man". Read the following excerpt and see if you can tell how Rita feels.

Breathes There The Man
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
- Sir Walter Scott

Humorous Poetry
Sometimes poets just wants to make you smile or laugh. If you think about it, a lot of Dr. Seuss's books are written in a poetic style. Or take the 'Owl Critic' by James Thomas Fields. Surely, it stresses a point, but funny none-the-less. When I was much younger and first started writing poetry I did so to be funny. Following is one I wrote, it's a poem parody. Can you guess the poem it parodies?

I think that I shall never see
an insect lovely as a bee.
A bee whose hungry mouth is pressed
against honey, second rate at best.
A bee that can’t see all day
because to many eyes are in the way.
A bee that may in summer wear
A risky yellow – people stare.
Upon whose belly honey has lain
and sticks to windows on the train.
Parodies are made by fools like me
but only honey comes form the bee.
- J.A.Scott

Making A Point
When I first started taking poetry seriously, it was in High School when we were required to read and comment on what different poems meant. This poem quickly became a favorite as I always felt invisible to everyone else. Almost as if she were writing directly to me.

I'm Nobody!
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
- Emily Dickinson

Embracing the Dark Side

I'm a person who has always embraced my emotions, both positive and negative. So reading some thought provoking or ominous poems can be enjoyable. Many have heard of the Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, it's one I quite enjoy. Death is a part of life, and Poe captures the imagery of such quite fantastically. It's certainly worth a read. In my endeavour to be a well rounded writer, I've tried my own hand at writing poems of a darker nature. I've included one I recently did.

And Then…
It was a quiet and lonely night
As I closed my eyes in thought
Feeling the rush of wind on my face
And then I was scared no more
I was calm and my body went limp
Remembering the joy of youth
All was safe and I was happy
And then I remembered school
I was awkward and dysfunctional
But my friends were just as much
We were ready to take the world
And then I remembered Melinda
Had an embarrassing crush on her
She was my love and desire
But it was false and unrequited
And then I remembered Mary
Our wedding was delightful
Found someone who wanted me
Willing to give her all I could
And then realized it was a scam
And then I remembered all the fights
And then I remembered when she left
And then I remembered what I had done
And then I hit the ground
- J.A. Scott

So what do you think is the best poetry? Ooops, sorry. What varieties of poetry do you like, and which are you partial to?

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
- Lewis Carroll

Friday, September 9, 2011

Procrastination (A Song Parody)

Sung to the tune of -
Anticipation by Carly Simon

♫We can never dwell on things undone
But we think about them anyway.
And I wonder if I'd do them any how
Or just put it off for another day♪

♫Procrastination, Procrastination
Is makin' me........♪

..... want to do this later.
Sorry everyone. I'll finish this tomorrow.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Milwaukee - Set 4 (General Mitchell Int'l Airport)...

A panoramic view of General Mitchell Int'l Airport.

The airports control tower.

Inside the main airport terminal are many shops and restaurants.

This is essentially a 'quick mart', selling magazines, souvenirs, candy and gum.

Another necessity when traveling, alcohol and dinner.

If you are passing through Milwaukee, this is a great place to find something to read on your flight.

When you are in Milwaukee, you can't pass up an opportunity to pick up some Harley Davidson merchandise.

Milwaukee - Set 3 (General Mitchell Int'l Airport)

Good morning Milwaukee!

It's never too early for a flight.

It's true, flying can be dangerous.

But not always.

This plane is flying into Milwaukee. Welcome!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Milwaukee - Set 2 (Artistic Downtown Area)

US Bank Building, (formerly Firstar Tower)

Northwestern Mutual panoramic.

Calatrava (Milwaukee Art Museum)

US Bank Building at the end of a day.

Goodnight Milwaukee!

Milwaukee - Set 1 (Riverwalk and Older TV Shows)

Looking out over Milwaukee.

Rock Bottom on the Riverwalk.

Remember Fonzie from the Happy Days TV show? He helps look over Milwaukee's Riverwalk.

Pabst Theater - Downtown Milwaukee

Can you figure out where I took this shot of Milwaukee's City Hall?

A better view of Milwaukee's City Hall. Those not from Milwaukee might remember seeing it in the opening credits of Laverne & Shirley (if you remember that show).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chicago - Set 3 (Around Chicago)

Welcome to the Subway. Come on down.

Some of the trains run above ground and around the great city of Chicago.

Here is a bit of the support, keeping the tracks operational.

A platform for train use. Not sure who it's exactly designed for though. If you know, feel free to let me know.

I have a thing for abandoned buildings. This is in no way a reflection of Chicago.

I'll send a quarter to anyone who can tell me where this photo was taken. Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to claim your prize.

I've finally come to the end of my Chicago set. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars.

Chicago - Set 2 (From Above & People)

Chicago - Set 1 (Buildings)

Chicago Skyline (Pic 1)

Chicago Skyline (Pic 2)

Early Morning Chicago

Abandoned Store

Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)