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How to Write Poetry

Embrace inspiration: Seek inspiration from your surroundings, personal experiences, emotions, nature, art, or anything that sparks your creativity. Keep a journal to jot down ideas, observations, or phrases that resonate with you.

Choose a poetic form: Decide on the poetic form or structure you want to work with. Common forms include sonnets, haikus, free verse, or experimental forms. Each form has its own rules and guidelines, so study and experiment with different forms to find what suits your style. You can learn about these forms with a Google search.

Understand meter and rhythm: Learn about the different types of meters like iambic, trochaic, anapestic, and dactylic. Practice scanning lines of poetry to identify stressed and unstressed syllables. Develop a sense of rhythm and experiment with various patterns to create musicality in your poems.

Explore imagery and figurative language: Utilize vivid imagery to engage the reader’s senses and paint a picture with your words. Experiment with metaphors, similes, personification, and other forms of figurative language to add depth and evoke emotions.

Master the art of word choice: Select words carefully to convey your intended meaning. Consider the connotations, sound, and impact of each word. Use sensory language, such as taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound, to create a multi-sensory experience.

Play with line breaks and stanzas: Experiment with line breaks to control the pace and flow of your poem. Consider how breaking a line at different points can create emphasis or alter the reader’s experience. Organize your poem into stanzas, which can be used to group related thoughts or create visual structure.

Engage with themes and emotions: Explore themes that resonate with you and find unique ways to express them. Reflect on your personal experiences, observations, and emotions to infuse authenticity and depth into your poetry.

Edit and revise: Writing a first draft is just the beginning. Revise your poem multiple times to refine your language, structure, and message. Pay attention to the flow, clarity, and coherence of your poem. Remove unnecessary words and refine your metaphors for precision.

Seek feedback and learn from others: Share your work with trusted friends, fellow poets, or writing groups. Accept constructive criticism and use it to improve your writing. Read poetry by established poets to learn from their techniques, styles, and themes.

You may find Beyondosaurus helpful in honing everything including synonyms, rhyming, idioms, and more.

Embrace experimentation and growth: Poetry is a creative and evolving art form. Embrace experimentation, take risks, and develop your unique voice. Keep reading, writing, and exploring new ideas to continuously grow as a poet.

Remember, writing poetry is a journey of self-expression. Enjoy the process, be patient with yourself, and let your creativity flow.

Study the venues in which you can publish your poetry. Study Kindle, Audible, conventional publishers, poetry websites, and other ways to get exposure both conventional and unconventional.

Understand that having many people read your poetry will take time. Just like one can’t pick up a guitar and become a rock star in a month, very few poets have been successful until after years.

Happy writing!

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Coincidences

Both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were assassinated on a Friday while seated beside their wives. Both JFK and Abe Lincoln reported having dreams about being assassinated shortly before their deaths.

The Royal Synchronicity: Queen Elizabeth II was born on the same day that King George V, her grandfather, died.

The Unsinkable Woman: Violet Jessop, a stewardess, survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the sinking of the HMHS Britannic in 1916, and the collision of the RMS Olympic in 1911.

On December 5, 1664, a ship sank off the coast of Wales. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sank. One man survived, another Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1860, yet another ship went down with only one survivor – you guessed it – his name was Hugh Williams.

Mark Twain and Halley’s Comet: Mark Twain was born in 1835 when Halley’s Comet appeared, and he died in 1910 when the comet returned.

The Triple Lightning Strike: In 2006, Roy Sullivan, a park ranger, was struck by lightning for the seventh time, making him the person with the most recorded lightning strikes.

Jonathan Swift wrote a classic book called Gulliver’s Travels that borders on science fiction. It was written before ‘science fiction’ was what you called such books. In this book he wrote about two moons circling Mars. His descriptions of their size and orbital distance weren’t perfect but surprisingly accurate. He did this one hundred years before they were described by astronomers.

The Reunited Brothers: Two brothers, separated at birth, named Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, coincidentally named their sons James Alan and James Allan.

The Train Crash Prediction: In 1895, author Morgan Robertson wrote a novel titled “Futility” about an unsinkable ship named the Titan that hit an iceberg and sank. Fourteen years later, the RMS Titanic suffered a similar fate.

In 1979, a man named Frane Selak survived a train crash, a plane crash, a bus crash, and a car crash, and then won the lottery.

The Converging Paths: In 1975, two women with the same name, both traveling from England to the Canary Islands, wearing identical clothing, and carrying similar bags, ended up sitting next to each other on the plane.

The Identical Twins: In 2002, two unrelated identical twin brothers, separated at birth, named Jim Springer and Jim Lewis, coincidentally reunited and discovered they shared the same first name, occupation, and hobbies.

The Bridge Collapse: In 1940, a worker named Harold C. W. Keevil fell off the unfinished Tacoma Narrows Bridge but survived. A year later, he was on the same bridge when it collapsed, but he survived again.

The Struck by Lightning Brothers: In 2018, two brothers, aged 5 and 7, were both struck by lightning on separate occasions within the span of a year.

The Separated Sisters: In 2007, two sisters named Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, who were adopted from South Korea, discovered they were identical twins after one saw the other in a YouTube video.

The Winning Lottery Numbers: In 2003, the winning numbers of the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game were 6-6-6-6, causing a record number of winners and resulting in the lottery having to pay out millions of dollars.

The Mysterious Subway Meeting: In 2008, two strangers named Laura and Laura, who had the same birthday, height, hair color, and were both wearing a black coat and a red scarf, accidentally bumped into each other on the London Underground.

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Chairs

The oldest known chairs date back to ancient Egypt, around 2600 BCE, or around 4,800 years ago. Before that, people had to sit on logs or rocks or just on the ground.

The word “chair” comes from the Latin word “cathedra,” which means a seat or throne.

The concept of a rocking chair originated in the early 18th century.

The Eames Lounge Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, is considered one of the most iconic chairs in modern design.


Trivia about chairs, Eames Lounge Chair

The first swivel chair was invented by US President Thomas Jefferson in the late 18th century.

The electric chair was invented by dentist Alfred Southwick in the late 19th century.

The oldest known folding chair was found in Greece and dates back to the 6th century BCE.

The concept of a bean bag chair originated in Italy in the late 1960s.

The term “chairperson” was first used in the 17th century, replacing the previously used term “chairman.”

The longest time spent sitting in a chair continuously is 168 hours (7 days).

The first mass-produced plastic chair, the Panton Chair, was designed by Verner Panton in 1960.

The first office chair with wheels was invented in the 1840s by Charles Darwin’s cousin, Robert Darwin.

The world’s most expensive chair, called the “Dragons Chair,” was sold for $27.8 million at an auction in 2009.

In ancient Rome, the most important person at a banquet would sit in a specially designed chair called a “sella curulis.”

The concept of the wheelchair was first developed in the 6th century BCE in China.

The concept of the recliner chair dates back to ancient Greece, where a similar design called a “kline” was used.

The oldest known chair made entirely of metal is from ancient Egypt and dates back to around 1350 BCE.

Strange Laws Involving Chairs

In Switzerland, it is illegal to push a chair over while someone is sitting on it.

In France, it is forbidden to throw a chair out of a hotel window.

In Canada, it is against the law to tie a ladder to a chair.

In Italy, it is illegal to sell or import chairs that are not ergonomic.

In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to stand on a chair and sing the national anthem in a pub.

In Singapore, it is illegal to leave a chair outside your house without a permit.

In India, it is illegal to sit on a chair with your feet up in a place of worship.

In Norway, it is illegal to sit on a chair without a cushion in a public library.

In Sweden, it is against the law to sell a chair without a fire safety label.

In Russia, it is illegal to sit on a chair without permission from the owner.

In Argentina, it is prohibited to sit on a chair with your legs crossed in a government office.

In Austria, it is forbidden to sit on a chair while wearing roller skates.

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Funny Attributed Quotes

“I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx

“I’m a comedian, for God’s sake. Viewers shouldn’t trust me. And you know what? They’re hip enough to know they shouldn’t trust me.” – Stephen Colbert

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

“The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” – Harlan Ellison, science fiction author

“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.” – Noel Coward

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

“I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” – Chandler Bing
(Friends)

“I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.” – A. Whitney Brown

“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.” – Robin Williams

“I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised.” – Rodney
Dangerfield

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” – Lucille Ball

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.” – Will Rogers

“I’m not sure I want to get involved in politics. I think Hitler was a lot like the Democrats, only he cared about Germany or something.” – Jackie Mason

“I’m not lazy, I’m just in energy-saving mode.” – Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

“I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my point of view with loud hand gestures.” – Craig Ferguson

“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.” – Lewis Carroll

“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.” – Mae West

“I’m not procrastinating, I’m prioritizing my leisure time.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.” – Johnny Depp

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Unattributed Funny Quotes

“I’m not lazy, I’m just in energy-saving mode.”
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my point of view with loud hand gestures.”
“I have a photographic memory but sometimes forget to turn on the flash.”
“I’m not procrastinating, I’m prioritizing my leisure time.”
“I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not sure.”
“I’m not short, I’m just concentrated awesome.”
“I’m not a morning person, I’m a coffee person.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.”
“I’m not aging, I’m just increasing in value.”
“I’m not lazy, I’m just conserving energy.”
“I’m not weird, I’m just limited edition.”
“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.”
“I’m not fat, I’m just easy to see.”
“I’m not bossy, I’m just highly persuasive.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just pretending to be busy.”
“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just choosing not to engage.”
“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m still right.”
“I’m not lazy, I’m just on energy-saving mode.”
“I’m not short, I’m just concentrated awesome.”
“I’m not a morning person, I’m a coffee person.”
“I’m not aging, I’m just increasing in value.”
“I’m not bossy, I’m just highly persuasive.”
“I’m not weird, I’m just limited edition.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just pretending to be busy.”
“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.”
“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.”
“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

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Eccentric Celebrities

Salvador Dali – The surrealist artist was known for his strange behaviors, such as wearing an antique diving suit and carrying a walking stick with a built-in phallus.

Nikola Tesla – The brilliant inventor was known for his aversion to germs and obsession with the number 3.

Howard Hughes – The billionaire industrialist and aviator was known for his extreme germophobia, reclusiveness, and obsession with aviation.

Lady Gaga – The pop icon is known for her avant-garde fashion sense and eccentric performances, such as wearing a meat dress to an awards show.

Marlon Brando – The legendary actor was known for his peculiar habits, such as having his lines fed to him through an earpiece and insisting on being filmed only in close-ups.

Rasputin – The Russian mystic was known for his wild behavior, such as engaging in orgies and claiming to have healing powers.

Hunter S. Thompson – The journalist and author was known for his drug use, love of firearms, and eccentric personality.

Timothy Leary – The psychologist and counterculture icon was known for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs and unconventional lifestyle.

John McAfee – The software entrepreneur was known for his eccentric behavior, such as claiming to have developed a method to communicate with whales.

Steve Jobs – The Apple co-founder was known for his minimalist fashion sense and perfectionist tendencies.

Richard Branson – The billionaire entrepreneur is known for his adventurous spirit, such as attempting to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon.

Oscar Wilde – The writer was known for his flamboyant fashion sense and wit, as well as his homosexuality in a time when it was illegal.

Sarah Winchester – The widow of the Winchester rifle heir was known for her belief in spirits and building a mansion with constantly changing architecture to appease them.

H.R. Giger – The artist and designer was known for his disturbing and erotic artwork, including designing the iconic alien in the movie “Alien”.

Stanley Kubrick – The filmmaker was known for his obsessive attention to detail and control over his films.

Johnny Depp – The actor is known for his eclectic fashion sense and collection of oddities, such as a preserved human finger.

Angelina Jolie – The actress is known for her unusual tattoos, including a Buddhist prayer and the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces.

Shia LaBeouf – The actor is known for his strange behavior, such as wearing a paper bag over his head at a red carpet event.

Madonna – The pop star is known for her controversial music videos and stage performances, such as simulating masturbation during a live concert.

Britney Spears – The pop star is known for her public breakdowns and erratic behavior, such as shaving her head in 2007.

Ozzy Osbourne – The rock star is known for his wild behavior and drug use, as well as biting the head off a bat during a live performance.