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Old 01-01-12, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default How to write poetry

I've been wanting to do this for a while.
  1. Be subtle - It's no fun if someone can just see what you mean; make them work it out, but don't make it too hard. Make your allusions enigmatic and your metaphors simplistically beautiful
  2. Read - You'll never run out of things to read. It doesn't even matter what you read. Novels; poems; short stories; non-fiction; it doesn't matter. You'll widen your vocabulary and take inspiration.
  3. Acknowledge that you're not original - There's no such thing as original thought. So read some poetry you like, look at the style and the structure and try and develop from that. DO NOT PLAGIARISE. IMITATE.
  4. Don't write about mundane things - Mundane things include, writing about writing and writing poorly about love.

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Don't ever, ever, ever think you are good at writing poetry. Only death shall tell if you were ever good.
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Old 01-01-12, 02:25 PM   #2
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Nice tips. I've never tried poetry, not properly anyway. I should sometime =3
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Thanks, mate. I dunno. I've never really taken advice on how to write poetry... I consider it expression of the soul, me thinks, in any way you so choose.

EDIT: Regarding allusions and symbolism, I also like to try and make them difficult to spot, by obvious once discovered.








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Well, I've never followed any rules when I attempt to write poetry. I just write how I want, what I want, and care not what others will think when they read it, so I can try to achieve the greatest depth in my writing.
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Well, I've never followed any rules when I attempt to write poetry. I just write how I want, what I want, and care not what others will think when they read it, so I can try to achieve the greatest depth in my writing.
Like it or not, everyone writes for their audience.
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Like it or not, everyone writes for their audience.
That depends. I write some for my audience and others for myself. About 5% of mine are for my audience (I write a lot). But, what I mean is, when writing I care not what people will think about it when they read it. I care for it when I've actually finished it and decided to publish it, but still in general I write what I want.








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That depends. I write some for my audience and others for myself. About 5% of mine are for my audience (I write a lot). But, what I mean is, when writing I care not what people will think about it when they read it. I care for it when I've actually finished it and decided to publish it, but still in general I write what I want.
If you didn't care what people thought of it you wouldn't put any effort into it at all.
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If you didn't care what people thought of it you wouldn't put any effort into it at all.
Why would I not? Do I need the approval or opinions of others to achieve self-satisfaction with my writings?
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Why would I not? Do I need the approval or opinions of others to achieve self-satisfaction with my writings?
Yes. What good is validating yourself?
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