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November 19, 2012


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Why are Daily Deviations skewed towards free verse poetry?

TheDorsai Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I cannot remember the last time I saw a sonnet, a ballad, a limerick, hell even a metered poem featured as a Daily Deviation. And while I understand that Daily Deviations are chosen for the skill the artist (or writer or poet!) displays, as well as the emotional or evocative effect, humor is an emotion too. When's the last time you saw a light-hearted poem get a Daily Deviation?

I don't dispute the quality of Daily Deviations to date. Merely their diversity.

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Hodhandr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I'm not sure what those are, but poetry in itself is difficult, free verse is the easiest type/style, speaking from personal experience.

Reason 1: There are more free verse poetry than other types/styles, therefore it has higher chances of getting picked.
Reason 2: Any limitations(like "rules" for how it's written) in poetry makes it increasingly more difficult to write at all, so writing good...?
mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the exact same thing, too!
What's wrong with a good old limerick? I love them!
AbCat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
Do you have any works in mind that you think should have been featured?
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
DDs are just a feature, a feature that the community can help control by sending in suggestions. There are four lit CVs you can note with your suggestions (full details including individual suggestion guidelines can be found here: [link]).

Fixed form is difficult because the piece not only has to have interesting content, and good strong writing but also needs to fit into the rules of that form effectively and that the form doesn't dominate the readability. Often you can find with fixed form poems that a lot of pieces feel forced by the format because the writer is focused on that over the content. Getting the right balance is usually where the DD worthy pieces are- but its all about finding them. I believe there are pieces out there, but we need help from you guys to help us find them :)
saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just to echo what's already been said, it's probably due to several factors. 1) The kind of work that tends to get posted; 2) the kind of work that tends to get suggested for DDs; and 3) the work among that pile the gallery directors think is worth featuring. If you want it to change, then you're going to have to suggest poetry or engage in some kind of effort to draw attention to formal poetry on dA. You'd hardly be the first person to make this effort.

I would also not disregard the fact that formal poetry is simply not the current dominant mode in Western literature.
ndifference Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
What drove me crazy, for the two and a half years I posted DD's, was the fact that the people who bitched longest and loudest about what I featured were people who NEVER recommended anything to me. If you want to see different DD's, get off your ass, find some work you like, and RECOMMEND them.
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
Yes! I have had one DD suggestion in the last 5 days and it wasn't a fixed form poem :)
DanielDGriffiths Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
This is a surprise to me - I assumed that, with the sheer number of people on dA, you must all be inundated with dozens of suggestions every day!
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not even close :B
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
I wish!
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