There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 1: The Role of Conflict in the Formation of Vorticism

“The Mud Bath” -David Bomberg, 1914 Photo from the Tate Gallery

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Final Post

Well, I finished the first stage of my project back in June. I studied 20 poets and wrote a total of 59 poems. For the past week, I have been editing the poems that I saw potential in. There are 28 of those, of varying styles and for various purposes. Some of them I intend to look for publication on online journals and whatnot, some of them I will stick to publishing myself on my own blog, and some of them are just very personal poems that I don’t want to share with the world just yet.¬†I think my artistic poems were centered more at the beginning and in the middle. Close to the end, my poetry started becoming much more prose-like, but still very honest. Most of my best poetry is free verse, but I do have a pantoum and an ode that I really liked, as well as some rhyming poetry that turned out well. I also think I could turn one of the poems into a spoken word performance, which I was not expecting at all.

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15 Poets In, and I’m Struggling a Little

This next section of poets include Rumi, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, William Carlos Williams, Mirabai, Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, Langston Hughes, and Anna Akhmatova. I had fewer poets that I actually connected with. Williams and Mirabai were especially difficult to connect with, and as such, my writing wasn’t as good. ¬†Generally, I write only 2-4 poems for each poet, but for Dickinson I wrote 1 poem, and for Rumi I wrote 9 poems (most of them were single quatrains, like he writes). I have written a total of 26 poems for these 8 poets for a total (so far) of 44 poems.

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7 Poets In, and I am Finding My Voice

I am 7 days into my project, which means that I have 7 poets under my belt. I have read John Milton, Dante Alighieri, Emily Bronte, Charles Baudelaire, Pablo Neruda, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Elizabeth Bishop, and have written 2-4 poems for each of them for a grand total (so far) of 18 poems. I have written 2 sonnets, 2 odes, a sestina, a villanelle, a poem with terza rima rhyme patterns, a pantoum, several free verse, and several generally rhyming poems. My greatest method of experimentation with form was writing poems with the rhythm of a waltz and tango, modified after Tennyson’s composition of poetry to the pattern of his walking.

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