Poetry: Food for the soul

In 2021, I emerged from being a closet poet to getting some of my poems published in anthologies such as Out of the blue, Assorted Flowers, The Unspoken Words, Safe and Brave space by the Garden of Neuro and Dil ki baat in Hindi. I gave an overview of poetry in the first episode on my Writing with Sandhya YouTube channel this year. Mia joined me to greet my viewers with an ode.

Ode to my viewers of Writing with Sandhya Channel

You clapped, you cheered, you commented

Over 15 episodes our ties have cemented

Fiction and nonfiction nuances I described

You watched, you liked, and you subscribed

Then the chats with the authors, the meeting of the mind

Your reception to those were equally kind

Speculative, children, humour, you liked them all

Much gratitude to the guests who graced this channel

Now where do we go from here, you tell me

What should we listen to, what should we see?

I’m listening, and I hope you keep watching

And Saturday coffee breaks continues to be our thing

Structure of a poem

  • Rhyming or free form
  • Stanzas
  • Meter
  • Rhyming schemes

Types of poems

  1. Epics
  2. Narrative poetry
  3. Limericks
  4. Haiku
  5. Sonnet
  6. Ode
  7. Ballad
  8. Villanelle
  9. Slam poetry

Other language poets

  • Hindi – Bacchan
  • Urdu – Khusro
  • Bengali – Tagore
  • Tamil – Thiruvaluvar

What kind of poetry do you like to read? To write? Are there famous poets and poems in your language, other than in English? Do share. Click on this link for the episode and a more detailed look at the points mentioned.

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About Sandhya Ranganathan

Sandhya is a dreamer, a writer and a globetrotter. She has authored a children’s book, “Mia finds a home,” and co-authored her father, Lt. Col. V.S. Ranganathan (Retd.)’s autobiography, “Burma to Bangalore”, represented by The Book Bakers and published by Locksley Hall Publishing. Her poems have been featured in various anthologies. She currently heads a Technical Communications team in an MNC and is on the board of Manage The Docs industry leadership community. She enjoys pottering around her home and garden in Bangalore, India, with her human and feline babies. Oh, and she loves miniatures and clouds.
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2 Responses to Poetry: Food for the soul

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    Nice post! I like all kinds of poetry. I write in various forms, mostly freestyle, but with the elements – I hope – to keep them flowing. I particularly like to experiment with pantoum. I find that many of the pantoums, even from long time, well-known poets, are not by the rules of the form. I decided it’s time for me to get less rigid and still try writing a decent pantoum. It’s helpful, in my mind, to try various forms, ones where you have to do some counting, to see how the structure works with the rhythm.

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  2. Sav!ta says:

    Nice post, Sandhya. You are inspiring! I am not literate when it comes to poetry terminology, but anything that flows and is simple touches the heart. Look forward to more from you!

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