This page is dedicated to art and poetry. I have been working on both throughout high school and university. This includes poems divided between nine themes that cover various stages of life and the landscapes I experienced at the time. I hope you enjoy reading them. To see my paintings click on gallery below
Table of Contents:
Click on the links in the table below to reach one of the nine poetry pages.
1. The golden country 2. The green hills 3. Rites of passage 4. Wilderness & wasteland 5. The traveler returns 6. The mood that passes through you 7.The aftermath of love 8. City of the mind 9. The city dweller dreams
My favourite poets :
John Ashbery 1927 -
This poet will challenge the way you think about culture and language.
Emily Dickenson 1830 - 1886
A poet who writes to classical themes and had a fascinating life.
W.H.Auden 1907 -1973
Auden had a good ear for the spoken word, he reached for the mystical and profound.
Robert Frost 1874 -1963
Robert Frost was the farmer who didn't like farming, was good at observing man and nature.
Elizabeth Bishop 1911 -1979
Bishop wrote some beautiful travel poetry, she had a finely tuned ability to describe the world and the imagination.
John Keats 1795 - 1821
Keats uses classical imagery like many of his contemporaries.
Charles Bukowski 1920 - 1994
Buckowski is a refreshingly rude voice, he pays attention to the absurdity of the everyday world.
Sylvia Plath 1932 - 1963
Plath waxes from brutal honesty about family issues to lyrical pieces. I prefer her prose.
Lewis Carroll 1832 - 1898
His poetry is like his literature an imaginative study of different personalities, he has a good sense of rhythm.
Walt Whitman 1819 -1892
This poet loved being alive and was on the cutting edge among the poets of his day. An early modern poet.
Bruce Dawe 1930 -
Bruce Dawe is an Australian poet, his reflections on modern life and war are honest and acerbic
Judith Wright 1915 -2000
An Australian poet that writes about the issues facing Aboriginal people. Highly respected in this country.
When I write poetry it is usually in response to some kind of internal disturbance. Sometimes my emotions feel overwhelming and I write poems to try and express and expel them. At other times its an idea that obsesses me and I write a poem to try and understand it. The experience itself can be cathartic and blissful. When I am being more prosaic about it I read other poets for inspiration and often find myself writing in response to them. For a while I had trouble finding out what my voice was like, what I wanted to say.
In the process of learning to write poetry I read a lot of it and I tried to write in formal styles and that gave me a strong grounding for writing more freely. After building up a large body of work I can look back and see repeating themes and ideas and get a sense of what kind of poet I am. If you want to start writing poems there are books about how to approach it, I suggest you start with simple formal poems like Haiku. That is how I started and it still has an effect on my work.
All images other than those generated by the author were derived from a community archive and Ian Britton's site freefoto. The clip art used was derived from AAA Clipart . The creator of this site asks that you respect the rites of the author by seeking permission before using poetry or images.
Established October 2005