Nov. 13, 2012
-- There are three major genres identified in poetry: epic, lyric and dramatic poetry, treating comedy and tragedy as types of dramatic poetry. As for the author, he is not a classical thinker. His is not engaged to categorise a way to define and assess the quality of poetry. he writes what his heart signals to his mind.
In practice Vassallo does not use any poetic style and when he does, he adjusts them to suit. He is a free thinker and does not like to be called a poet.
His poems are contemporary and differ from classical poetry. He doesn't have rules and types, though sometimes may borrow ideas from the classics like the Haiku. There is so much more focus on sound and visual aspect in his writing.Alfred Vassallo
Born 11th April 1956 in Sliema, Malta, Alfred produced and directed several plays as a semi-professional. His productions included, amongst others: "The Exorcism", "Equus", "Night Must Fall", "Who Killed Agatha Christie", "The Island", "Night Mother", "Who's On First" and "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs." These were all staged at The Manoel Theatre, the national theatre of Malta.
He was also employed by the Colchester Co-Operative drama group, "Scene Around", as a director. The Co-Op drama group produced several plays and took part in two drama festivals in Colchester and Ipswich finishing second for both productions which were "Just a Song at Twilight" and "Savoury Meringue".
He wrote various plays, documentaries and poetry for radio. He also wrote the lyrics to "I Am All Alone" sung by Keith Russell.
Alfred maintains that he is not a ‘true’ poet as he doesn’t follow any particular poetry styles. True Poetry is a piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of a variety of different techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia.