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Old 05-16-2015, 06:26 PM
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So, I've been interested in poetry for a while now, but I'm not sure where to start. I've read a few books on meter and form, but I still don't have any idea how to get started. For example, which poetic form is the best to practice with, etc.?

Is this something for which one really needs to take a class?

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So, I've been interested in poetry for a while now, but I'm not sure where to start. I've read a few books on meter and form, but I still don't have any idea how to get started. For example, which poetic form is the best to practice with, etc.?

Is this something for which one really needs to take a class?

Lon Palmer put up a primer on that stuff somewhere on this site.
I will go have a look for it.
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Found it.
Go to the Poetry page and click on the Nine and Sixty Ways in blue letters.

I think Iambic is the most common.

I'm a free verse/message type typer but Lon knows his stuff and is helpful.
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Great, I'll check that out. Thank you.
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Lemme know if you get lost and what poets have you read?
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I will, thanks. I've read Byron, Poe, Oscar Wilde, Yeats, Walt Whitman, Emerson, etc. Getting ready to dive into T.S. Eliot.

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Scrap all of them and read poets who are making some impact today.
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read poets who are making some impact today.

Namely ... ?
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How should I know? I hate poets - whiny, angsty, annoying people. But you don't learn to be a mechanic by studying the Model T Ford.
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Originally Posted by Paul_Va View Post
So, I've been interested in poetry for a while now, but I'm not sure where to start. I've read a few books on meter and form, but I still don't have any idea how to get started. For example, which poetic form is the best to practice with, etc.?

Is this something for which one really needs to take a class?
do you mean to say you have not written anything yet>?
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For a really fun and accessible book on form, check out The Old Less Traveled, by Stephen Fry.

The old vs. new thing -- don't get hung up on it. Just read what interests and inspires you. There are a lot of really good contemporary poets -- but most of them aren't going to be writing in traditional forms.

Just keep reading and writing. Don't get trapped in evaluating your work against forum poetry -- and don't get a big head from people on forums telling you your work is brilliant. It can get really insular and self-congratulatory -- especially on the forums that are more about showcasing than critique.

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My go to answer for this is don't ever try to write poetry unless you are forced to do it. Poets are those special people who wake up spouting verse. It comes natural to them. Then comes the long journey through a crap gauntlet of opinionated and jaded personalities. One award and POOF! Off to the moon.

I know my opinion ain't worth much, but I suggest that you proceed with caution.
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I agree with FU (did you plan that abbreviation of your screen nameó:-)

If it ain't pourin' outcha, don't do it.

The poets seem to be afflicted with some strange disease, like accordion players.
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My go to answer for this is don't ever try to write poetry unless you are forced to do it. Poets are those special people who wake up spouting verse. It comes natural to them. Then comes the long journey through a crap gauntlet of opinionated and jaded personalities. One award and POOF! Off to the moon.

I know my opinion ain't worth much, but I suggest that you proceed with caution.
Not sure I believe becoming an awarded poet turns you into a POOF.


But, of course, I am musing from conjecture.
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Not sure I believe becoming an awarded poet turns you into a POOF.
Not sure if you noticed that 'POOF! Off to the moon' infers travel of some sort. Also, hyperbole.

PS: I'm an awarded poet. Oh, the irony.
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I agree with FU (did you plan that abbreviation of your screen nameó:-)
The thought may have occurred to me. Works for me, too!
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Not sure if you noticed that 'POOF! Off to the moon' infers travel of some sort.

Ohh, that type of POOF.

Apparently my conjecture was jest off the mark.
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I have to work at it. It doesn't "poor out of me." But I plan to send my kids to college with all the money I'm going to earn selling my poetry -- so it will be well worth it.
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My only chance of making a buck in this game is getting known for being a prodigious poof reader.
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Originally Posted by Nick Pierce View Post
Namely ... ?
One's who have a nice slice of the spotlight include Anis Mojgani and Sam Cook.

I'd suggest reading them if you haven't yet. Cook experimenting with two versions of each poem while Mojgani gave a sense of honesty.
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Originally Posted by brianpatrick View Post
I agree with FU (did you plan that abbreviation of your screen nameó:-)

If it ain't pourin' outcha, don't do it.

The poets seem to be afflicted with some strange disease, like accordion players.
"The poets seem to be afflicted with some strange disease, like accordion players."

I need that on a mug or a shirt. ASAP.

As someone who loves poetry, I can see your point. It is a truly natural process that really takes time to cultivate.
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The way you begin this journey is truly up to you. For myself, I did not take any classes or even read any great poets. I just sat down and wrote absolute crap. Over time I began to read classics, then moved to contemporary. I began to read books on poetry and how to write it. Time and interest were the two components to my journey that truly scraped the surface of (a very minimal) success.

I'd suggest reading some poetry and then writing some. See if you like the way it feels and then move on from there.

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Just like with anything, you just need to start writing. It takes time and practice. Pick a topic and write a poem about it. Let your own style develop.
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Just like with anything, you just need to start writing. It takes time and practice. Pick a topic and write a poem about it. Let your own style develop.

But what if nobody likes what I write?
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I would say check the top 100 bestselling poetry books on Amazon and see what those authors did.
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But what if nobody likes what I write?
Honestly, I don't think it matters at first. If you're going to start writing poetry, write it for you. Write for your life, your family, your hopes and dreams. What other people like can come later.

At some point, it's better to just dive in than fretting over how to start. It doesn't matter if it's not any good at first.
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Getting Started with poetry is a good idea.
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