Friday, January 11, 2013
Fictional and poetic formats
I had been a reader all of my life, but suddenly I had questions like, "How long is a chapter?" "Are chapters even necessary?" "Do chapters need titles?"
The answers to these questions were, you can do what you like.
The first book was divided into large sections, which were titled.
One novel had three narrators and each had her/his own section.
One novel was told in regular chapters, numbered, but not titled.
I am finished with novel-writing but find myself playing with poetry. Free verse for now. The same question has emerged. How does the poet decide the shape of the poem? How does she make decisions about indentations and capitalizations and enjambment.
The answer is the same, I think. I must do what I please. I must do what is best for the poem.
These are the best kinds of problems on a snowy, cold day. I will sit at my desk with my pot of yellow freesia and write some lines.
But first I must swim.
Posted by Louise Plummer at 8:58 AM