Think about the last line, the end-game

My old boss in the construction business used to tell me that the great thing to know about plans is that plans are for changing. As a youth I struggled to understand this, I was often accused of being a bit too keen on precision.

Looking back I now see what a sound piece of advice Paul gave me; firstly it stopped my wasting time (by being too over elaborate) with the plan in the first place. 

Secondly I found that to use a plan (a plan that could be changed) helped me break work down into understandable chunks, to levels that I could go on to manipulate. 

And if the plan could be changed then how much more powerful (and fun) the ability to manipulate became.

Back in the creative world; one of my favourite poetry exercises (which gave me one of my own favourite poems) was a planned poem of sorts, a very simple plan; we were given the last line of a poem, and told we had to work our wa, however we chose, towards that given last line.

On a different note; as a bit of a mathematician it took me a while to see the similarity between poetry and numbers, but just as Erik Satie's Gymnopedies convinced me that music and mathematics have much beauty in common, so too did form lead me to often seeing more beauty in poetry.

This is not the place to embark on a discourse of all the available and known poetic forms, or of their most practiced exponents; suffice to say that form gives you a template, a sort of blueprint, & sometimes that can be a very useful tool.

© Christopher Sanderson 2019