Things Have A Fascination That Abstractions Don’t

Simply to say “I love you” or “you’re beautiful” is not interesting. Remember William Carlos Williams’ advice about writing – there is no truth but in things. So be particular. Things have a fascination that abstractions don’t. A reader will be more likely to identify with your poem if there are references to personal situations or particular features – be it their body, attitude or behaviour.

Motion, A. (2019). Andrew Motion on how to write a love poem. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/11/andrew-motion-how-write-love-poem-poetry [Accessed 26 Oct. 2019].
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