As both a musician and a writer, this quote makes sense to me. I understand what Truman Capote means because I hear the same music when I write. And, at least in my mind, that music is poetry. Simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, rhythm—all those things that make writing beautiful—they’re all poetic devices. It’s those devices that lend a lilting, flowing quality to any work. Without poetry, our words would be as dry as burnt toast—and even less flavorful. We need poetry to make our writing palatable. Once we master that inner music, our readers will hear it, even if they don’t realize there’s music playing. And the best part is that more often than not, they’ll keep coming back to listen.
Today’s Prompt: Write a poem on a subject matter of your choosing, including at least one example of each of the following: simile, metaphor, alliteration, and repetition.