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How To Write Poetry

Writing poetry is less a form of technique, and more a form of artistic release. In order to get a feel for poetry, one must first begin by actually reading other poetry. Poetry can come in many different forms and can have very deep meaning. Attending poetry readings and other public readings may be a great start in order to hone your abilities. As one reads and hears other poetry, skills and inspiration will begin to grow. After growing inspiration and a feel for poetry, you must begin to find a “spark”.

A spark is something from which an individual draws inspiration. Sparks could be anything from a park bench to a tree with leaves falling. Inspiration can come from anything that you could admire for some trait. Finding a spark may be very difficult, but can also be very rewarding.

Next, you must decide what it is your poem will be accomplishing. All poems accomplish things through expression, such as a love for something. Also important is for the author to put himself into an environment that contributes to the inspiration and subject of the poem. For example, one may visit a zoo if his or her inspiration is an animal. Next, begin writing the poem and continue to read each verse repeatedly. Remember the goal of the poem and the style you choose to write in. After running through multiple drafts and making any possible corrections, it is time to share your work.

Share your poem through social media, blogging, friends, poetry groups, and other similar sources. Social media outlets are great ways to display your poetry. Use sites like YouTube and post a home poetry reading. Join Twitter and follow poets whose work you enjoy. With most people having access to high speed internet connections, using social media is easier than ever. Don’t already have a high speed connection? There are plenty of sites that offer deals for top providers — for example, you can use a Verizon FiOS promotion code and save a ton on various broadband options.

After you’ve shared your poetry, you will find that you have an abundance of constructive criticism to use to better your writing. Some feedback might be very helpful and you will be able to either continue working on your poem or your poetry writing skills in general. Regardless of what other people say about your poetry, writing is a very personal experience and you should feel proud of your efforts.