For years, Jonas Hyde has been enticing readers with his classical-styled narrative poetry and episodic fiction. While thematically spanning many genres from romantic tragedies to psychological thrillers, the common thread between all his works is the intense imagery and raw emotion given life by every word.
Over the years, I have written everything from gaming modules (which started my career) to serial fiction (which is my newest medium) and nearly everything in between. However, no matter what else I release, it seems that poetry is not only what I always go back to, but is also what people connect with the most. While there are hundreds of thousands of talented poets out there, one of the aspects that set my works apart is they are all set in a ‘poetriverse’.
Poetry is much like other aspects of fiction. If you write what you know it is more real, sincere, and believable. People resonate with poetry written from the heart. However, some of the mankind’s greatest works carry this same emotion, but are wrapped within a narrative story. It makes the emotion more poignant and more digestible.
Much of my poetry falls into this category. A poem such as Lament for Lady Beth, while figuratively is about love overcoming personal demons, is wrapped within a tragic tale that drives the point home all that much more. Another poem, The Bounty, is at its core about being thankful for the love we have and not taking it for granted, yet is wrapped within the story of making deals with the Tempter. The list goes on and is for the reader to enjoy through discovery. In short though, those poems echo in the souls of the reader for a long while because the narrative amplifies the emotion.
So how does all that fit into, and what is, a poetriverse? A poetriverse is the realm of your poetry’s universe. It is not only the world, but also the age. My poetriverse is akin to the 1500s, and traverses both sides of the Atlantic. While it pulls from many aspects of that time period, it is distinctively different as each poem draws upon the world the others have created. So they no longer are poems set in 1520 London or 1535 New York, but their own world.
Once the poetriverse is created, then life is given to it by the threads woven through each narrative poem. Similar themes run through all my poems. Not only is there the original Lament for Lady Beth that I mentioned earlier, but her tragic tale is referenced in other poems. This continues with other major characters introduced through other works. In addition, common themes such as the Tempter, Evening Stars, Dragonflies, Nightingales and more, all hold specific meaning outlined by their original appearance. What makes this all exciting then is for a new reader engulfed in a later work, they will be able to enjoy the poem on its own. However, for a long time fan that has devoured every piece, the inclusion of these themes not only fits the poem on the surface level, but also ties in threads of past emotion that make the poem enjoyed on a much deeper level. So, the more the reader reads, the more they are rewarded. This is similar to a cameo found in exciting fiction of other mediums. So for the fans of your work, it is an exciting reward, and for you the poet/ author, it is a tool that can be used to weave layer upon layer of different emotion with but a single, well-placed word.
His latest work, Melpomene’s Tears, is a collection of some of his most popular poems with brief introductions by the author himself. It can be found online at Amazon.com or at Hyde’s website, www.jonashyde.com Always looking to engage with his readers, Hyde can also be reached jonashyde [at] gmail [dot] com.
Melpomene’s Tears is a collection of romantic tragedy poems by Jonas Hyde. The collection includes the popular epic tragedies, Lament for Lady Beth and Seraph’s Song: The Epic Fable of Sister Sera. It also includes the complete Moment with a Muse and Twilight’s Star anthologies. In addition, the collection is then filled out by a series of other poems that will truly resonate with anyone who has felt heartache, pain, or loss. While most of us try to forget such emotions, understanding it on the intimate level presented by Jonas Hyde enables us to deal with our own anguish. As a bonus, each poem is briefly introduced by Hyde, giving additional insight into each work by the author himself. This read will truly change your life.