Did Robert Frost write any poems
Need a bit of verse in my prose
Good poetry starts with feelings. Start by logically deducing what feeling your poem is about. Then elicit that [passion | Intensity | Warmth | Enthusiasm | Fervor | Vehemence | Fire | Excitement] in yourself and use it to inform your choice of language.
... a close connection between language and emotions is a must for contemporary poetry, where everything is designed to act directly on you: a poet's choice of words aims to trigger your memories, associations and images, their tone, Beat and rhythm for you rich body as their rhymes, repetitions and alliterations land on your tongue to be sampled and enjoyed.
(Aneta Pavlenko on Psychology Today)
You are a prose writer and already have a good vocabulary. All you have to do is connect to your original emotions. Once there, you can use them to teach your poems.
This is how you get to your feelings:
Movies. Every now and then I show up at a certain point in a movie (at that point I blink angrily before the woman notices). What you (and probably I) should be doing at this point is writing a poem. Write in words what is moving through your body. because this is where the emotions live. Write down what is going on in the throat, heart, chest, skin, eyes, and mouth, and then use it.
Reflect. Launch a browser and look for pictures of people experiencing emotions. Then mirror those expressions and postures on your face and body. It may sound strange, but it works. Paul Ekman has done some experiments in this area that show that we can trigger emotions by artificially putting this expression on our face.
Talk. Sharing your feelings with a trusted friend (or an anonymous forum) is a great way to bring your emotions to the fore. As you practice expressing your love, anger, disappointment, shame, embarrassment, guilt, and pride towards others, you will find that these things will become easier to access as you write poetry.
Accept. Sometimes we try to suppress our emotions (like I do when watching movies) or to rationalize them by telling ourselves that they are of no use or that they are not useful. When we do this, we find that when we write poetry, we consider our words "terrible crap." Learn to love and accept emotions and the language that inspires them.
I know this answer is probably more about emotion than writing, but there is a connection. Even if it doesn't make any logical sense, it's worth trying. And when it works, as a writer, you have another tool in your box, especially when you need poetry (or well-rounded characters). There are of course other options, but that works for me.
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