Lyrics and Poetry

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, to the point where I have been a bit blocked on writing narratives. There has just been too much on my mind for me to be able to sit down and string multiple pages together.

Mostly my mind was filled with good things, though, which was a welcome change to the bittersweet months that came before. Amongst others, I’ve been working hard on several really cool things at the ‘day-job’, which to me were personal achievements. Also, I’ve had the honor to attend a bacheloresque party of two friends, a slightly alternative version of a bachelor party which suited them very well. We spend the day building bridges and climbing things.

All in all, they were good months, but they left me with a lot of thoughts on the brain. As a result, I’ve been a bit blocked with regards to overarching storylines and stringing plotlines together. The images and ideas I usually try to capture in narratives have not left my brain, though. So instead, I’ve been writing lyrics and poetry.

For me, playing with ideas, words and descriptions comes kind of naturally. For a long time, I believed I didn’t have the.. well.. serenity to write a novel. Once I had the idea of the story worked out in my mind, I found it difficult to stick to it long enough to commit it all to paper. But I loved to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing. I’ve always had a very active imagination, which I tried to express, capture and share. Mostly, I did this trough writing poetry. I wrote a lot of poetry as a teenager. I wrote it on anything I could get my hands on. Notebooks, post-its, pieces of decorative paper, napkins, even receipts from stores. To this day, almost a decade and a half later, I still encounter random bits of poetry every now and again that I wrote back then. After a while I started playing around with form and I started writing lyrics, too.  Most were never put to music, something I wasn’t good at then and still am struggling with now, but I’ve always enjoyed trying.

Nowadays, I write poetry and lyrics less often. When my brain is too full to spend a lot of time examining a single idea, though, I still tend to switch back to poetry and lyrics.

What kind of poetry or lyrics I write can vary greatly. While I had scholarly training into how to read poetry, place it in the time-period and social context it was originally written in, finding the layers within the poetry and placing and interpreting it’s imagery, writing poetry is very different from studying it. Writing poetry to me, is more like an experience. It can be light and fun, or heavy and complex. I like to play around with rhyme schemes, concepts, types of repetition and the type of story I’m trying to tell. A couple of years ago, I took a Coursera class on songwriting, which left me with many ideas about balancing and unbalancing, even and uneven stanzas, integrating concept and form. Nowadays, I vary between free form and highly structured, depending on where the idea behind the piece I am trying to write takes me. And although as a scholar I doubt most of what I write can be considered ‘good’ poetry, I do enjoy myself immensely building my intricate word-constructs and am able to use the writing process as a creative outlet regardless.


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