Chapter 11
Love and the Great Beyond
In This Chapter
➤ Wooing 101: the love poem
➤ Desire poems
➤ Writing the erotic
➤ Elegies
➤ Writing about your own death—yikes!
The subjects of love and death are more frequently wrought into verse than any other, and, as a result, more bad poems are written about love and death than in any other subject!
It’s natural to want to write about the things that produce strong feelings. Feelings are a natural consequence of the events in our lives, while poetry is artificial. Beginning poets often think that this excess of emotion is what poetry requires. On the contrary, poetry requires restraint, especially when ...

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