Hey guys, so I decided to help out guys out on how to write a different type of poetry - spoken word. Here is a guide for those interest in the performing arts as well as the art of literature.
Spoken word poetry is a way of speaking to the audience with a narration by one person. It differs from other forms of poetry as through the poet’s words, different expressions and stresses can be formed in the oral language. Spoken Word Poetry is an art form to express one’s ideas, opinion and stance on a particular subject.
Step 1: Getting Started
Spoken Word Poetry requires a voice – it needs to be read and it needs to be heard. However the voices behind the words have to be genuine and passionate about the subject. The subject is the main focal point of Spoken Word Poetry. What the artist is reciting about provokes an interest from the audience and makes them engage. To start writing your Spoken Word poetry, think of a subject. Your topic or theme can be anything that you want to be talking about.
Having a hard time thinking of one? Try mind-mapping it out. On a blank sheet of paper, give yourself a situation. Write the first word that comes to your mind. Continue doing so until after a minute. You will then have a list of words. From this batch, pick one that interests you to explore as a topic. Or perhaps you already have something that is fascinates you or a theme you want already want to explore. If so jot down words that would associate with this theme and branch out your ideas from what you get.
Step 2: The Writing Process
Nobody said writing poetry will be easy – in fact you could be staring at your piece of paper for long hours at ends without anything coming to mind or without having any clues to string floating words together. The trick is to pace yourself and continuously revisit your piece of work. Most poetry aren’t written and finished in one sitting.
In writing your Spoken Word Poems, using comas, dashes and brackets will give the reader different meanings, effects and emphasis. For example, putting a dash after you finish a verse brings the reader to a halt. However this halt continues after they read the next line which would be a continuation of the previous verse because of the dash. Dashes are an effective way to bring out certain lines, words and ideas in writing.
The flow of your word choices is important as well. Spoken Word Poetry doesn’t necessarily contain rhymes, however it does beautifully forms rhythm. To form rhythm in spoken word poetry is a way you craft your words together. There is a grace to how many beats used in the stressing and repetition of syllables.
Step 3: Finishing and Polishing
When will you exactly finish writing your poem? Spoken Word poetry doesn’t have a minimum nor a maximum. However Spoken Word poetry tends to be a bit longer than other forms of poetry since its intent is to be performed to a live audience. When you feel that you have finished your piece, you should put your piece away for a short amount of time. Stepping away from your poem will give your eyes and your mind rest from reading and re-reading the lines that have been going through your head for the past couple of writing sessions. Once your mind is clear and your eyes had rest, reread your work. Figure out which literary devices you had incorporated into your piece – the more devices you used, the more enhance your piece become.
Once you are finish writing your poem it’s time to rehearse it! The main point of Spoken Word poetry is the Spoken word. Performing poetry is different from actually reading it. To have a great performance keep reading it out loud, memorize it, and try out different stresses and volume for words and lines.
There you have it, your own Spoken Word Poetry!
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