Friday, February 7, 2014

Brian's Journal #3

I would say that chapter 8 contained the most useable influence.  The story lines and the short punchy comments brought the chapter together.  I feel that when addressing the subject of why the author used story lines it best said on page eight “note how definite the voice is”.  What that means is, experience in life helps to better build the characters and the body of the piece.  The better the use of life and connection with the story the stronger the writing.  I feel what Hugo is attempting to display is to use the tools provided and allow yourself to develop the piece.  A writer’s job is to stay true and express their story, while the content maybe stretched or items additionally added, a writer must write what they know.  Much like discussed previously it’s ok to repeat or find similar subject matter, because that what makes the piece yours.  What he’s saying is what has been pointed out throughout the book, stay true in your writing and use the tools provided.

Then I would have to say the most influential poem was also located in chapter eight.  On page eight Index, was a poem that held very similar skills which I’m currently trying to improve.  The piece shows much like the chapter discussion a strong narrative feel.  The poem intertwines the use of basic description, with a detailed description placing the reader in the environment.  It not only the narrative aspect that is apparent, but the use of line breaks, enjambment, and punctuation that extends the piece with great description.  The use of these items slow the process and allow the reader to enjoy the mental setting.  There have been several great pieces, but as you find the more you read poetry some sink in more than others.


  1. Brian I agree those poem examples are so helpful especially to see how to make our narrative poems not seem like prose. Free verse doesn't mean there are no rules or techniques and when he plays around with the lines in the poem examples, it let's me see that there are so many possibilities to change or improve the "beat" of the poem and even the visual aspect. Glad this was helpful and it helped me too!

  2. Is there an influential poet writing what "why don't know?" Serious question. From my newbie poet status I have seen most writers doing works related to their life experiences. Just wondering if anyone has managed to break the status quo?

  3. I completely agree with you, writers should definetley express their story and make their work personal. I feel work that has a more personal feel to it always ends up being the most touching. It is much easier to relate to a person who is writing from the heart as opposed to a person who's writing just to write.


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