You found this site while surfing the net; you poked around a bit,
and here you are.
Perhaps you are an accomplished (or aspiring) poet looking for
pointers. Perhaps you just love poetry and want to learn. Perhaps
you are just curious.
In any case:
Pull up your sleeves and get ready to dig deep: this is a tour through
the nether reaches of the language. Or to mix metaphors: get out your
wrenches. This guide is all about the nuts and bolts of poetry for those
who like to tinker.
To be precise: this is a field guide to alliterative poetry. When you
are done reading it you will have a much clearer idea what alliterative
poetry is, how it compares to other types of poetry, how it was done long
ago in such poems as Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and (most
important of all) how to write it yourself.
But why, you may ask, should I write poetry in some strange, unusual style?
What is the benefit to me as a poet, or to those who read it?
That is the first topic I will cover.