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Abandoned Study - Exploration of Style WS

You had your books in order
on the shelf but you had scattered
your work on a desk
by the window
in an angry mess
or the wind had visited
and disheveled your hair
so that your thoughts lay everywhere.

You were mad, sometimes,
in that study; Love kept me
at the threshold of your room.

You will not let me in
when you sat enthroned like the queen
with a song on her lips,
but this is what you are, poor thing
shackled to that iron seat:

Your thoughts interrogate you,
the books, your friends, look down on you
with distant eyes while love
keeps me at the threshold
of your dungeon.
You will not let me in.

Style / type: 
Free verse
Review Request (Intensity): 
Please use care (this is a sensitive subject for me, do not critique harshly)
Review Request (Direction): 
How was my language use?
How was the beginning/ending of the poem?
Is the internal logic consistent?
Last few words: 
I may end up writing the same poem in all three styles... heavily edited
Editing stage: 


I believe you are losing impact because the reader never gets to pause, is made to feel as if what they thought was a complete thought was not.

There is some excellent imagery here, but it gets muddled by being wedged into contrasting thoughts.

Taking just a piece of it, let me show you what I mean:

You had your books in order
on the shelf.
Your work was scattered
on a desk by the window in an angry mess.
Or the wind had visited
and disheveled your hair,
so that your thoughts
lay everywhere.
You were mad,
in that study.


You had your books in order.
On the shelf your work
was scattered on a desk
by the window.
In an angry mess,
or the wind,
had visited and disheveled your hair.
So that your thoughts
lay everywhere; you were mad.
Sometimes in that study,

You are using punctuation, but you are using it in a manner that detracts from your poem.

There's a lot of potential here, I want to see it.


Jonathan Moore

So, you're suggesting I break it up into shorter sentences?
I've no problem with that. Actually, not much thought was put in the punctuation, though I'll still like some of the sentences to end and new ones begin on the same line.

I'll also rearrange the lines so some of the shorter lines will stand alone and have more impact. I don't want to break it into stanzas though. I've no reason why.

No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job. - TS Eliot

author comment

(as I'm sure you know, I'm stating it for the benefit of others) is called enjambment. It is a perfectly valid technique but quite powerful so you need to consider how it affects the general meter and flow.

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I'm confused. I thought your subject is "chair" but I can't see any description of it in the poem.


The point of the poem was to avoid "chair" as much as possible, but it's present in the poem: I'm not describing a chair. The poem is about a woman's study desk and the seat/chair/"throne" she sits on to write.

Is this poem really that bad?

No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job. - TS Eliot

author comment

that sounds like a chair to me, mate.

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missed that one out.


I think this has excellent "bones". I like the subject of self imposed emotional isolation. The main fault I see is the lack of stanzas. The purpose of stanzas in free verse is to give the reader a place to pause. It gives them time to consider what they just read without having to consider the poem in its entirety all at once. Also gives those who read poetry aloud a chance to breath lol. Think of a stanza as being like a paragraph in prose. It should contain a single thought line which can then be either built upon or changed slightly in the next.
If it were me I'd make a minor change in line 5. "Or had the wind visited".....also a good place for a stanza break would be between this line and the previous.
But this is Not my open so you are free to either take or leave any or all these ideas......stan

that is the question. I vote no stanza (it's short enough), but can also see the benefit.
Although I agree with Pugilist's language suggestions, I had only a little trouble with the rhythm.
Some of the imagery is excellent. Just excellent.

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Apart from perhaps needing a comma after 'shelf', and a hyphen after 'mess', in stanza 1, and a comma after 'eyes', in the final stanza I see no problem with the punctuation..

great descriptive I think.......
and definitely refers to a chair...
Love judy

'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
(Rudyard Kipling)

work space of creative or driven
can be anything
Ive seen plastic pails with cushions
van seats
and extremely nice chairs also
again definition

a Style reference
cherry wood
chrome vinyl
plastic moulded
Queen Anne
but when one refers to desks
one thinks chairs
Throne seat..
Seat on a trolly
Seat on an aircraft
its almost a role definition
Seat of Power

She sat in her seat of sadness
if one has emotions
sometimes people driven
do not feel
focused on intent
or whatever causes them
to be distracted
or unable to obtain

I like the poem
shackles the old rudimentary
punishement and crime

ha..if they were shackled
one could walk right in
there and see whats on
the desk...move a book
or two...


thank you...

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