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How Rhyme Flows From the Soul With Poetic Word Play

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Poetry Stirs Deep Within the Poet's Soul

A tatoo of the word "poetry" symbolizes the closeness of the art to the poet's soul.

A tatoo of the word "poetry" symbolizes the closeness of the art to the poet's soul.

Poetry as Creative Play on Words

Poetry can simply be referred to as a creative play on words. Using the different verse forms gives poetry its structure, rhythm, and appeal.

However, form and structure alone does not the perfect poem make. There is no such thing as perfection in such a subjective art form as poetry, except of course, in the eye of the beholder.

But the one sure thing about poetry is that, for most poets, it is a sacred process out of which poets, and rappers alike, share from the deepest and most intimate places of their souls.

That process is what makes the act of writing poetry and rhyme an extraordinary vehicle whereby the gift of powerful expression is created and shared with others.

In the poem below, "Word Play," the author shares the sacredness of this process, in no particular structure or verse form. It could very well be categorized as inspirational poetry.

A Thoughtful Poet Seeks Inspiration

In deep thought, the poet waits for poetic inspiration to emerge internally, then externally.

In deep thought, the poet waits for poetic inspiration to emerge internally, then externally.

Word Play Defined

"Wordplay" or "Word play"

  • A witty or clever form of verbal expression, meant for fun and amusement
  • Commonly used in literature, poetry, spoken word, or hip-hop rap genres
  • There are many forms of word play techniques, e.g., pun, spoonerism, slang, acrostic, euphemism, and oxymoron, just to name a few
  • Most notable writers of early wordplay: Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, P.G. Wodehouse, and Shakespeare
  • Contemporary masters of wordplay: George Carlin, Groucho Marx, Bob Dylan, Big Daddy Kane, Eminem, and Jay-Z

Poetic Performers Are Entertainers

A poet enjoying his spoken word performance and interaction with his audience.

A poet enjoying his spoken word performance and interaction with his audience.

Words Flow Through the Pen

A poet's words flow from soul to pen, from pen to paper.

A poet's words flow from soul to pen, from pen to paper.

Words Form at the Keyboard

A keyboard is where creation begins for the poet.

A keyboard is where creation begins for the poet.

The Sacred Process: A Poem

"Word Play"


Quiet expression in word form

Bursts in living color

No need to say it loudly

As the words speak for themselves


Flowing in from dark places

Illustrated by arrangements

So original in their display

None of which are the same


The light of my keystroke

Ignites one letter at a time

Creating each word play

As verses are formed


Spirited words generate

Moving from pen to paper

Uncontrolled in the moment

A surge begins to gel


Verses come alive with meaning

Expressions of thought and feeling

Infinitely depicts experiences

In descriptive word play


I wait to see what comes

The shape and form it takes

Naturally, without a plan

Each word born out of seed


Seeds planted from lessons

Things seen and heard

Encounters to pull from

People I've met along the way


Life is rich with this soil

Out of which I grow

And capture in verse

Immortalizing word play


Sharing with others in echoes

Bouncing from present to future

Through open eyes and ears

Received by hearts and souls


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Words Grow Out of Creativity

A poet's words grow out of the keyboard from seeds of creativity.

A poet's words grow out of the keyboard from seeds of creativity.

Words Play on the Microphone

The spoken word poet's microphone is ready for the colorful play of words.

The spoken word poet's microphone is ready for the colorful play of words.

Wordplay Tutorial for Poets and Rhymers

Words of Poetry

Sources on Word Play

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

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