I'd like to start wring poetry, any tips? advice?

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  • I'd like to start wring poetry, any tips? advice?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 01:00
You should read up about poetry and the types if poetry there is if you know nothing about it. And also, write from the heart. It will be a whole lot more believeable. :)
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 01:04
learn to spell or use spellcheck.
Answer #3 | 22/12 2013 01:01
Read a lot of poetry - different types, different writers, different eras. Read a lot of books, too. You need to read a lot to get a feel for the nuances of language and words, and you only get that from reading widely. Also, write every day, even if it's just a few minutes. 99% of what you write will probably not be good, but that's okay. If you write something that has potential, keep fine-tuning it.
Answer #4 | 22/12 2013 01:09
In addition to reading lots of poetry you'll need to understand the different forms of poetry. In the early stages you may find it easier to write verse that follows a formal structure (E.g. a sonnet) and to do that you need to know the 'rules' about number of lines, rhyming scheme, etc. It sounds unlikely but it is easier to write poetry to those rules than it is to write blank verse.
Answer #5 | 22/12 2013 02:43
When you are writing try to write from your heart, experiences, feelings. Things you know will provide emotion to the subject, though everyone may not appreciate it, someone will "get" something from your writing.
Answer #6 | 22/12 2013 15:03
There are broadly two types of poetry, structured and unstructured. Structured rhyming poetry, for thousands of years was how artists remembered stories before there were books. The purpose of the rhyme and meter was to aid your ability to memorize it. Modern poetry often eliminates these forms, but readers continue to like the sound and catchiness of structured poems, which is why so many song lyrics still rhyme. My advice is to practice structured poetry first, to get a sense of what poetry IS (which to me is the condensation of ideas into smaller memorable and/or beautiful packets.) Read stuff by Shakespeare or Wordsworth or Browning and try and determine what they are saying. Rewrite their ideas in YOUR way of speaking, but keep the beats and try to rhyme where they do. Eventually, you will find that sonnets and limericks fall off of your tongue sing-song, and you will be like me, a good doggerel writer (doggerel means cheap verse, as opposed to hard worked verse. It does not always mean bad though just because it is easy.) Unstructured verse, when you are ready, is more challenging because it needs to have some substance to it or it becomes mere babble. It is better to be able to write "old school" before even attempting this. Many great ideas can best be expressed in free or blank verse. But it is actually harder than writing sonnets, though ever amateur in here plays at it and thinks it is easier. It is easier to be bad at it, that is the reality. If you are not having fun at any point, stop writing, because poetry is not supposed to be WORK. Poetry which is work is bad. When we are having fun, some inner spirit inspires us to write better. Poets call this our "muse". If the muse isn't home, writing poetry is a waste.
Answer #7 | 22/12 2013 02:59
Express yourself. :)

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