#1
Hello Pit!

For my English Assignment I need to write a piece of creative writing.

After much debate, a bit of banging my head against the wall and many shitty ideas I decided to write a poem; the poem will be about war and the psychological effects it can have on people, and how it can change people.

I am a novice at lyric writing and poetry but if I can get this right I think this could be a great piece.

Does anyone have any tips for me on how to write poetry/lyrics (seeing as they're so similar).

Thankyou!
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#2
Even though it's not a song, it would probably be more helpful to ask the Lyrics/Songwriting forum. They would be the most knowledgeable.
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#3
Rip it off War - Burzum. 10/10 assured.
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#4
Just start with an awesome line, like:
War, war never changes.
And then just tell something like "Cas doesn't change either, he'll always be super sexy"
That will result in a good poem.
#5
Make a brainstorm of concepts and words related to the topic you are writing about.
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#6
Write something like this:

http://www.english.emory.edu/LostPoets/Dulce.html

EDIT: Also, write streams of seemingly unconnected words. If they claim it makes no sense, just tell them they "don't get it".

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#7
Go postmodern on their ass and write a stream-of-consciousness poem with lots of difficult words making very little sense.
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#8
I know its a little old now but you could always read some Sassoon or Brooke? They are sure to give you a few ideas.
#9
Read some Kipling or Tennyson.
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#10
Look at pieces like Mental Cases by Wilfred Owen for inspiration, it brilliantly observes the dehumanising mental effects of the Great War. Afterwards by Margaret Postgate Cole is a good one, too; she describes the way her husband returned almost soulless, broken and tainted by the war. A nicely different perspective of that to Owen.
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#12
And you could add some sad truths, something like "Two innocent will fall for every guilty that will die."
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I did this once for an english class assignment. Just get a bunch of word from Bad Religions The Empikre Strikes First album and throw them together. They love it. Or just steal Hero Of War, and you're golden
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Look at pieces like Mental Cases by Wilfred Owen for inspiration, it brilliantly observes the dehumanising mental effects of the Great War. Afterwards by Margaret Postgate Cole is a good one, too; she describes the way her husband returned almost soulless, broken and tainted by the war. A nicely different perspective of that to Owen.


It is the latter of your examples I am trying to get across.

I'm trying to portray how war drags the life and soul out of the soldiers and how the scars that war gives them are unrecoverable.

I also want to depict that it is the weakest and the most innocent in war that become worst off - the great causers - the governmental figures - are the ones who are never hurt but the husbands and fathers decieved into a life of treachery which will eventually take over their life.
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Hmm....
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Read some Kipling or Tennyson.

Yeah, especialy Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and Kipling's "The Last of the Light Brigade."

They should really inspire you.
#18
I can't really recommend Tennyson, myself, despite Light Brigade being a wonderful piece, it doesn't seem to fit here, his poetry is all a bit too Victorian and grand. It feels very antiquated, whereas Owen is still relevant.

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It is the latter of your examples I am trying to get across.

I'm trying to portray how war drags the life and soul out of the soldiers and how the scars that war gives them are unrecoverable.

I also want to depict that it is the weakest and the most innocent in war that become worst off - the great causers - the governmental figures - are the ones who are never hurt but the husbands and fathers decieved into a life of treachery which will eventually take over their life.


You may want to read Sigfried Sassoon's 'Declaration' then, it's not a poem, rather a protesting speech which was read in Parliament during the War, but it does give a rather good sense of the abuse of power in the war.
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#19
War
Gives me happy feelings
It brings me many wives

Then I kill the wives
Then I blow myself up
To Kill infidels
Then I go and get many virgins

It's a good thing their virgins
The wives are too loose from repeated banging
With my giant camel dick.
Virgins not loose yet.

Use that poem, but make it an actual poem, not random crap I wrote in 5 seconds.
#20
plagiarise some bobby d lyrics brah
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