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Poetry Corner: What Poetry Means to Me

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What Poetry Means to Me

Escape from and an expression of reality

by Joanne Troppello

Merriam-Websters dictionary defines poetry as the following:

  • Metrical verse

  • The production of a poet – poems

  • Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.

  • Something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression.

  • Poetic quality or aspect.

Poetry is a means of escape for me. It is also a way for me to express my feelings about the reality of life.

An example of poetry as an escape for me is my recent poem, “While the Music is Playing – escape from the surreal world” which describes how I long for times of escape from reality—and that’s ok.

Writing poems like that can give me a chance to express my feelings of how something as simple as listening to music can be the perfect opportunity to relax for a moment and escape to another world.

An example of poetry as an expression of reality is my poem, “Broken Beyond Repair” – an abecedarian poem. Another Medium writer, Daniel G. Clark challenged me and a few other people to write an abecedarian poem. I had never heard of that type of poem, but I was up for the challenge.

Writing a poem like that was cathartic for me because it gave me the opportunity to write how I was feeling about the current unrest and heartache in our world today. I love how writing poetry provides an opportunity for you to express feelings about your current reality in a way that can resonate with readers—and maybe they can feel similar emotions.

My journey writing poetry

I started writing poetry in high school. I never thought I was any good. So, I stopped writing for a while and turned my attention to writing short stories and then eventually wrote three novels.

In the last several months, I rediscovered my love for poetry when I started writing on Medium. I found some of my old poems in a dusty old box and started reviewing them. I found some that were publish-ready, and some that needed work.

However, rediscovering these poems again made me realize that I had missed writing poetry. You can read more about my journey here.

I recently started a YouTube Channel, called Sunflower Quest. There is so much negativity and heartache in our world today, that I want to be like the sunflower and try to always seek the sunlight—or silver linings—in my life.

In addition to interviews I’ll be doing with inspirational people, I started doing some poetry readings of my poems. This is a video of a poetry reading of my poem, “Oberon and Titania” that was published in Illumination.


Maybe you enjoy reading poetry. However, you might not. I hope you can take away from this article a desire to continue fully expressing yourself in your writing—whether as an escape or an expression of reality—so you can improve the engagement with your readers.


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

Connect with Joanne on Twitter and join in cultivating positivity in your life and sharing it with others by subscribing to the Sunflower Quest Community.

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