A few months ago, I entered a poetry contest – my first one, ever – at Canada Writes. This contest charged a reading fee of $25, and the first place prize is $6000 cash, plus publications in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website, an interview on a CBC radio show, and a 2-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony. The traveling expenses are paid for, too. Sounds pretty awesome, right? I think so. Will I win? I doubt it. But maybe, just maybe, I will. Who knows? 🙂 Apparently, I should know something on September 3rd, 2013… which is only weeks away!
Originally, I wanted to submit only one of my poems, but the length requirement forced me to submit four. They had to be previously unpublished poems, which meant that they could not be published anywhere in print, or anywhere on the internet. I chose four of my best (obviously!) and I am really hoping that I win! I wanted to include this one as part of my submission, but I didn’t; I saved it to share with you! I hope you enjoy it!
This poem is short, but it packs a punch…
The Dark Night
The flash of lightning
So razor sharp bright
Quickly sets aglow
The cold, wet, dark night.
The candle’s hot flame
Burns orange so bright.
Then, without warning,
Fades in the dark night.
Caught within a world
Of flickering light,
There is no escape
From the cold, dark night.
From time to time, I’ll be doing an analysis of some of my poetry. This is the first poem I will analyze, but it will be brief.
ANALYSIS of The Dark Night:
Note that I used the same number of syllables in each line. This was intentional, from a technical standpoint.
Imagery is present within this poem, too. Colors include black (the night sky), white or silver (the lightning), and orange (the flame from the candle).
Noise is also apparent, since lightning is generally accompanied by thunder, which is frequently loud. The image of someone being trapped indoors while a storm rages outdoors is evident from the fact that candles cannot stay lit in the rain.
All in all, I think I should have sent this poem into the contest, or maybe saved it for another one… But, I wanted to showcase my abilities on this blog, and so here is another sample of my talent for writing.
When I entered this contest, I did a bit of research on copyright laws. I found a few good links, and I would like to share them with you.
4. Glossary of Poetic Terms – I threw this one in here since it directly relates to my book, The Life and Love of Canadian Poetry: An Interpretative View. (This book contains a comprehensive analysis of 8 poems by 7 Canadian poets, and I included a glossary of literary terms within it, too!)
t for Canadian Poets!
Did you like this poem?
Do you like to read poetry, or do you like to listen to it? Or both? Or do you even have a preference?
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