Let’s learn a new word!
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Ilk is one of those words which frequently comes with negative associations. Maybe it’s something to do with the sound of the word? I really don’t know, but the word itself isn’t a negative one at all! It’s simply a word used to describe someone or something to which you’ve already referred. Check out the example below.
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The members of the court, lawyers, and other heartless ilk sat at the head of the room and scoffed.
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In this examine, ilk refers to people like lawyers and members of the court – essentially anyone heartless like them. Okay, maybe that’s not the best example to use if I’m trying to convince you that ilk isn’t a negative word. Try this one.
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Care Bears, teddy bears, and Bearenstein Bears are the kind of ilk which my childhood stories revolved around.
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See? Not such a negative thing when you’re using ilk to refer to the various types of bear your childhood stories always talked about! In all seriousness, though, ilk is a wonderful word and can come in handy where writing poetry is concerned, because it gives you a way out of repetitive descriptors. Just some food for thought!

Samuel Blake ǀ @herheart_oncraft
Her Heart Poetry’s ON CRAFT area will be evolving over the coming months. Samuel’s goal is to both educate and inspire readers and writers of all calibres. ON CRAFT articles will be published to teach about a different facet of creative writing.

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