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On - Volume 2: A Book of Poetry Ronald W. Mealing

On - Volume 2: A Book of Poetry

Ronald W. Mealing

Published August 9th 2011
ISBN : 9781463788957
Paperback
166 pages
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 About the Book 

Many years ago, a friend, who had discovered that I wrote poetry for my own enjoyment, challenged me to address a popular subject of his - in poetry. I told him, Give me one word - any word - and Ill give you a couple of stanzas of poetry. (QuiteMoreMany years ago, a friend, who had discovered that I wrote poetry for my own enjoyment, challenged me to address a popular subject of his - in poetry. I told him, Give me one word - any word - and Ill give you a couple of stanzas of poetry. (Quite appropriately, I did write one on arrogance) What eventually happened was that, after some years of playing this game, I eventually decided to share my work publicly and published a collection of my poetry in On - Volume 1 (1996) which was on many of the varied subjects about which I had quietly written (I wish I still had all the ones I threw away). Over the years, although I played with writing in many different formats, I had unconsciously developed one particular style in which I enjoyed writing most of all. In my latter days at school, I became enthralled with the skill employed in the iambic and trochaic structures utilised by William Shakespeare in his blank verse. Although I admired his work greatly, I preferred to vacate his blank verse style and employ the balancing cleverness of rhyme. It is with these overlapping influences, generally, that my poetric writing is most prolifically fashioned - but then, sometimes, I chose to stray. The poems in my first book had been assembled from years of sporadic writings in which there are moments where I had searched my innermost soul. Being a raw beginner, I had published this book in a beautifully lavish hard cover leather binding (and I also had some bound in buckram) which made the book economically infeasible in the market place. They now adorn my library shelves. (Do we call that over-kill?) Later, when I had some more material written, I decided to amalgamate my more recent material with that which was previously published and proceeded to publish On - Volume 2 - this volume - however, in a far less ostentatious manner than previously. (I believed I had learned my lesson on over-kill) I challenge anyone who ventures inside these pages, where I have, at times, bared my innermost feelings, to resist that nagging impulse which will, within them, threaten to thrust my words deeply into their own soul. Who Dares - Wins (Commando motto)