Rhyming poetry or free verse. Which do you prefer?
I used to think that free verse wasn’t ‘proper poetry’ (like playing tennis with the net down, as my hero Robert Frost once said) and that only rhyming verse was true poetry...strictly rhyming, metrical poems, that is. But wasn’t I missing out on some great poetry? Of course I was. It took Carol Ann Duffy’s wonderful ‘Valentine’ to first show me the error of my ways.
Now I believe it doesn’t matter if we write in rhyming metric or free verse. It’s the words that count and the feeling behind each word. Surely, those are the things that strike a chord with readers and make them feel like the writer is speaking directly to them. Well, after all, don’t we all feel some sort of special bond with our favourite writers?
We all share a common love of words. That has brought us together. Let’s enjoy the fellowship and the friendship!
Best wishes to all our Whispers' family – or ‘Whisperers’, as I call us,