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How to Write Poetry

Embrace inspiration: Seek inspiration from your surroundings, personal experiences, emotions, nature, art, or anything that sparks your creativity. Keep a journal to jot down ideas, observations, or phrases that resonate with you.

Choose a poetic form: Decide on the poetic form or structure you want to work with. Common forms include sonnets, haikus, free verse, or experimental forms. Each form has its own rules and guidelines, so study and experiment with different forms to find what suits your style. You can learn about these forms with a Google search.

Understand meter and rhythm: Learn about the different types of meters like iambic, trochaic, anapestic, and dactylic. Practice scanning lines of poetry to identify stressed and unstressed syllables. Develop a sense of rhythm and experiment with various patterns to create musicality in your poems.

Explore imagery and figurative language: Utilize vivid imagery to engage the reader’s senses and paint a picture with your words. Experiment with metaphors, similes, personification, and other forms of figurative language to add depth and evoke emotions.

Master the art of word choice: Select words carefully to convey your intended meaning. Consider the connotations, sound, and impact of each word. Use sensory language, such as taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound, to create a multi-sensory experience.

Play with line breaks and stanzas: Experiment with line breaks to control the pace and flow of your poem. Consider how breaking a line at different points can create emphasis or alter the reader’s experience. Organize your poem into stanzas, which can be used to group related thoughts or create visual structure.

Engage with themes and emotions: Explore themes that resonate with you and find unique ways to express them. Reflect on your personal experiences, observations, and emotions to infuse authenticity and depth into your poetry.

Edit and revise: Writing a first draft is just the beginning. Revise your poem multiple times to refine your language, structure, and message. Pay attention to the flow, clarity, and coherence of your poem. Remove unnecessary words and refine your metaphors for precision.

Seek feedback and learn from others: Share your work with trusted friends, fellow poets, or writing groups. Accept constructive criticism and use it to improve your writing. Read poetry by established poets to learn from their techniques, styles, and themes.

You may find Beyondosaurus helpful in honing everything including synonyms, rhyming, idioms, and more.

Embrace experimentation and growth: Poetry is a creative and evolving art form. Embrace experimentation, take risks, and develop your unique voice. Keep reading, writing, and exploring new ideas to continuously grow as a poet.

Remember, writing poetry is a journey of self-expression. Enjoy the process, be patient with yourself, and let your creativity flow.

Study the venues in which you can publish your poetry. Study Kindle, Audible, conventional publishers, poetry websites, and other ways to get exposure both conventional and unconventional.

Understand that having many people read your poetry will take time. Just like one can’t pick up a guitar and become a rock star in a month, very few poets have been successful until after years.

Happy writing!

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10 Strange Facts About Psychology

The color red can increase a person’s appetite.

People who daydream more tend to have higher intelligence.

The average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day.

Music has been shown to reduce pain and anxiety, and improve mood.

People with higher levels of education are more likely to experience sleep paralysis.

The scent of lavender has been found to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

Multitasking can reduce productivity by up to 40%.

The “bystander effect” refers to the tendency for individuals to be less likely to help someone in need when other people are present.

People who swear more tend to be more honest.

The brain’s hippocampus, responsible for memory, is larger in London taxi drivers due to their extensive knowledge of the city’s streets.

Smiling, even if forced, can actually improve your mood.

People are more likely to remember negative memories over positive ones, due to the brain’s negativity bias.

In order to help us successfully navigate life, the negativity bias keeps us aware of things that we may need to change or avoid. Positive events are unimportant in survival.

The “placebo effect” refers to the phenomenon where a person experiences a perceived improvement in symptoms after receiving a treatment with no therapeutic value.

Playing video games can improve hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.

The fear of public speaking, known as glossophobia, affects about 75% of people.

Humans are hardwired to remember faces more easily than names.

People who sleep on their left side have more vivid dreams.

A study found that people are more likely to take risks in a casino if they have to walk past a person smoking, due to the association of smoking with risk-taking behavior.

The brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical, when we receive social media notifications.

The “butterfly effect” suggests that small, seemingly insignificant events can have far-reaching consequences.

Listening to sad music can actually improve your mood by allowing you to process and regulate emotions.

People tend to overestimate their abilities in unfamiliar areas, a phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Nostalgia can counteract feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.

People are more likely to comply with a request if it is made in a quieter voice.

The smell of chocolate can increase theta brain waves, which are associated with relaxation.

People are more likely to remember information that is presented in a visually appealing format.

The “mere exposure effect” suggests that the more we are exposed to something, the more we tend to like it.

A study found that the anticipation of a vacation can bring more happiness than the vacation itself.

The brain can rewire itself through neuroplasticity, allowing for learning and adaptation throughout life.

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Psychologist Jokes

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Why did the psychologist become a gardener? Because he wanted to help people “grow.”

Why did the psychologist become a chef? Because he wanted to “analyze” food for thought.

Why did the psychologist bring a spoon to work? To help his patients “dig deep” into their issues.

What do you call a group of psychologists? A “psycho-babble” of psychologists.

Why did the psychologist always carry a mirror? To help his patients “reflect” on themselves.

How many psychologists does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, the light bulb will change when it’s ready.

Why did the psychologist become an artist? He wanted to paint people’s “emotional landscapes.”

What do you call a psychologist who also acts? A “psycho-dramatist.”

What do you call a psychologist who specializes in canine behavior? A “dogtor” of psychology.

Why did the psychologist bring a broom to work? To sweep away his patients’ “mental clutter.”

What’s a psychologist’s favorite dance move? The “Freudian slip.”

Why did the psychologist bring a telescope to work? To help his patients gain a “clearer” perspective.

Why did the psychologist become a magician? Because he loved making people’s issues “disappear.”

Why did the psychologist bring a stopwatch to work? To help his patients “track” their progress.

What’s a psychologist’s favorite dessert? “Sigmund Freud” cake — it’s layered with deep meaning.

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Golf Jokes

Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? In case he got a hole in one!

What do you call a golfer who skips every other hole? A cowboy!

If you drink, don’t drive. Use a four iron.

Why do golfers always carry an extra ball? Just in case they need to tee off again!

What do you call a golfer who’s lost his ball? A stroke victim!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of music? Swing!

What do you call a golfer who’s in a hurry? Tee-time traveler!

How do pro golfers stay cool during a round? They stand next to the fans!

What do you call a golfer who’s always telling jokes? A “tee”heeing comedian!

Why did the golfer always carry a pencil and paper? In case he needed to draw a lie!

Why did the golfer bring a ladder to the course? In case he wanted to reach new heights!

What do you call a golfer who can juggle three balls at once? Impressive!

Why did the golfer bring a bucket of sand to the course? In case he needed to “sand”wich his ball!

What do you call a golfer who can drive the ball 300 yards? A liar!

Why did the golfer bring a pair of binoculars to the course? To spot the “eagle”!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of exercise? Swinging by the bar after a round!

Why don’t golfers get too upset when they miss a shot? Because they’re always “driving” for perfection!

What’s a golfer’s favorite type of footwear? “Fore”-giving golf shoes!

Why did the golfer bring an extra glove? In case he wanted to “hand” out high-fives!

How do golfers measure success? By the number of “par”-ties they have after a round!

Why don’t golfers ever make good comedians? Because their jokes are always “bogey”!

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Funny Attributed Quotes

“I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx

“I’m a comedian, for God’s sake. Viewers shouldn’t trust me. And you know what? They’re hip enough to know they shouldn’t trust me.” – Stephen Colbert

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

“The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” – Harlan Ellison, science fiction author

“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.” – Noel Coward

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

“I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” – Chandler Bing
(Friends)

“I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.” – A. Whitney Brown

“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.” – Robin Williams

“I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised.” – Rodney
Dangerfield

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” – Lucille Ball

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.” – Will Rogers

“I’m not sure I want to get involved in politics. I think Hitler was a lot like the Democrats, only he cared about Germany or something.” – Jackie Mason

“I’m not lazy, I’m just in energy-saving mode.” – Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

“I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my point of view with loud hand gestures.” – Craig Ferguson

“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.” – Lewis Carroll

“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.” – Mae West

“I’m not procrastinating, I’m prioritizing my leisure time.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.” – Johnny Depp

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Unattributed Funny Quotes

“I’m not lazy, I’m just in energy-saving mode.”
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my point of view with loud hand gestures.”
“I have a photographic memory but sometimes forget to turn on the flash.”
“I’m not procrastinating, I’m prioritizing my leisure time.”
“I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not sure.”
“I’m not short, I’m just concentrated awesome.”
“I’m not a morning person, I’m a coffee person.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.”
“I’m not aging, I’m just increasing in value.”
“I’m not lazy, I’m just conserving energy.”
“I’m not weird, I’m just limited edition.”
“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.”
“I’m not fat, I’m just easy to see.”
“I’m not bossy, I’m just highly persuasive.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just pretending to be busy.”
“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just choosing not to engage.”
“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”
“I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m still right.”
“I’m not lazy, I’m just on energy-saving mode.”
“I’m not short, I’m just concentrated awesome.”
“I’m not a morning person, I’m a coffee person.”
“I’m not aging, I’m just increasing in value.”
“I’m not bossy, I’m just highly persuasive.”
“I’m not weird, I’m just limited edition.”
“I’m not ignoring you, I’m just pretending to be busy.”
“I’m not shy, I’m just plotting my revenge.”
“I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.”
“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

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Hawaii

The Hawaiian language has no word for “yes” or “no,” instead the meanings are conveyed through context and intonation.

The Hawaiian Islands have their own unique form of massage, known as lomilomi, which incorporates traditional Hawaiian healing practices.

Hawaii has the highest life expectancy in the United States.

The Hawaiian Islands have their own unique style of quilt-making, known as Hawaiian quilting, which features designs inspired by nature, such as palm trees and pineapples.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that is completely made up of islands.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that grows coffee.

The Hawaiian Islands are the only state in the United States that has no snakes, making it one of the few places in the world where you can hike without worrying about snakes.

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters: A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, and W.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a royal order of knights, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I.

The largest volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, is located in Hawaii.

Hawaii is the only state that honors a monarch: King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian islands in 1810.

Hawaii was not part of the United States until August 21, 1959.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a royal palace.

The Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The traditional Hawaiian dish, poi, is made from mashed taro root.

The first commercial flight to Hawaii was in 1927.

The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote islands in the world.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has two official languages: English and Hawaiian.

The Hawaiian Islands are home to the world’s largest telescope, the Keck Observatory.

The state fish of Hawaii is the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, which is also known as the reef triggerfish.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that grows vanilla beans.

The Hawaiian Islands are home to the largest population of humpback whales in the world.

The Hawaiian Islands are the only state in the United States that grows cacao, which is used to make chocolate.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has its own time zone.

The state motto of Hawaii is “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono”, which means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”.

Hawaii has the highest percentage of multi-racial individuals of any state in the United States.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a public school system that is statewide.

The Hawaiian Islands have their own unique form of dance, known as hula, which tells stories through movement and music.

Hawaii is home to the world’s largest open-air shopping center, the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.

The Hawaiian Islands are the only state in the United States that is home to a royal mausoleum, where members of the Hawaiian royal family are buried.

Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with manta rays at night.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a statewide ban on billboards.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a law mandating the use of solar water heaters in new homes.

The Hawaiian island of Lanai, which used to be owned by the Dole pineapple company is now owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation. Actually, he owns 98% of the 140 square mile (362 square kilometer) island. The remaining 2 percent is owned by a handful of homeowners and the state of Hawaii. As of 2020, 3,362 people live on Lanai

Hawaii is the only state in the United States where you can find a green sand beach, located at Papakolea on the Big Island.

The Hawaiian Islands have their own unique form of storytelling, known as mo’olelo, which incorporates oral histories, legends, and myths.