WHY THE WRITING OF POETRY
IS SO SPECIAL TO ME
By Josie Whitehead
I’ve always loved reading poetry since I was a child. I loved the sound of rhyming words and rhythm of the language. I love the beauty of language, the precise way you can express yourself.
Poetry can describe a scene, tell a story, put over a message, or just make you think about things in a different way. It’s a special way of saying what you have to say. I like the shortness of poems – the fact that a poem can be read complete to a child at bedtime or at the end of a lesson, and there’s even enough time to talk about it.
Poetry brings a shine to words and a depth of meaning. I like the way I can start to write something with just a feeling inside of me – just a few words in my head – but suddenly there is the poem complete. I sometimes think an angel must have been by my side.
I like the way that, because you know it is poetry you are writing, you will especially throw into it alliteration, onomatopoeia and all the lovely sounds that make what you are writing sound special. I love the fact that I write in English where there are so many words of more than one syllable to play with, with their various stresses, the rise and fall of the sounds within the word – everything about it.
I love to think that I follow in the steps of others who, over countless generations, have enjoyed playing and working with words to create something beautiful.
Most of all, I am glad that my words bring pleasure, inspiration, laughter etc to others, especially to children. I hope that some of my poems will bring about discussion, thought or just help with the difficulties of the English language.