ArchiPoetry: The Architecture of Building a Poem

By simply looking at a building, are you familiar with or able to distinguish its features to determine what influenced its design? Are you able to decipher where the Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Guggenheim Museum or the Pyramids are located based on their design, structure and cultural origins? Architects employ the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings, other structures or environments based on a blueprint, suggested materials to be used and technical specifications for executing production. When composing different types of poetic expressions, the same type of process is used to design and develop poetry variations.

ArchiPoetry, a term coined and defined as the architecture or art and science of building a poem, is based on structural elements of creation. There are over fifty different types of poetry and each expression has its own blueprint for creation, construction and completion. By combining the use of language, imagery, metaphors and specific patterns of structure, the design elements of ArchiPoetry have different disciplines and poetic variations. Types of poetry such as a Haiku, Ode, Limerick, Quatrain, Tanka or Sestina, for example, are composed based on their usage of stanzas, syllables, rhyme schemes, repetition of formats and strategic styles.

Before ArchiPoetry can be constructed, here are 5 basic steps to consider and incorporate:

1. Plan what type of poetry you want to construct.

2. Understand the rules and principles of your word usage and type of poetic expression you are applying it to.

3. Use your senses to design and add imagery, metaphors and life to the blueprint of your poetry.

4. Begin constructing your poem and modify where needed in order to enhance its composition and presentation.

5. Make your poem unique, identifiable and engaging to the reader.

With the wide variations of poetic styles, it would be challenging to perfect every expression perfectly. Like architecture, there are certain visions and unique approaches from the planning to the construction stages in ArchiPoetry. Create the types of poetry that you feel comfortable with, but also challenge yourself to discover and develop other designs of poems that may require more research, understanding its derivation and concept of structure, as well as the discipline to execute the creation of your personal masterpieces from start to finish.