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The End.  Period.  Full Stop.

I am always challenge on how to end my poems on a strong note.  Do I repeat and loop back to my first line, or do I go altogether into a new direction? When do I cut the words, in just the right time, without losing the impact of my message with the reader?

Recently, I learned the value of punctuation, whether in the middle or end of the verse. “When it comes to poetry, punctuation works differently than most other forms of writing. A poet uses punctuation not so much for grammatical correctness but rather for effect. In a poem, the use of a comma or a period or even using neither can change the meaning completely.

When dealing with punctuation in a poem, the poet has to ask themselves what purpose the punctuation is serving. Does the poet want a full stop or do they want a short pause? A short pause or full stop at a critical moment can cause the poem to turn in a different direction than it would have without it.

Looking at our choices of punctuation, periods, question marks, and exclamation marks are placed under the category of full stops. Commas, semi colons, ellipses and dashes are placed under the category of short pauses. By making careful choices when it comes to the end of each line, we can find ways of creating a strong impact in our reader.”

What about you, how do you use punctuation in your poems? Do you read aloud your poems to hear its rhythm, cadence and pause ?

Every week at D’verse is a wonderful insight on how writers punctuate and end their lines. Some with a twist, some with a question, some with no answers, and some with an enticing invitation to come back for more.

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Happy Tuesday to everyone ~  Grace

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