Writing Poetry

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  • Aj Cliff (3/6/2006 3:13:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    hey im newto this website 15 yearsold, been writing poems4bout 2months now, justwonderin if ne1 could read mypoems n give sum pointers on how good or bad they are plz n thankyou


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    • Aj Cliff (3/7/2006 12:55:00 PM) Post reply

      hmm this helps/helpd but btwwats a politzer or wateva lol?

    • Mike Finley (3/7/2006 11:24:00 AM) Post reply

      When I was 19 I asked a famous poet in a doorway what I could do to become a better poet. He said, 'Step aside, please.' Now I am the old one and I get to say the Annoying Guru things: 1) ... more

  • Swarnadip Chatterjee (3/2/2006 12:22:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hi, I'm a boy of 14. I love literature a lot. Wand to read my poetry and creations. Viisit my website: www.swarnadipchatterjee.cabanova.com
    I am looking forward to hearing fro you. My id is:

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  • Ray 1293 (2/28/2006 7:58:00 PM) Post reply

    hi im raymond......
    i very like music......
    i need one complete lyric
    or....give some idea.....
    the title ..is friendship..
    if got chinese lyric is better la...
    thank you very much...........
    sumit to me......

  • K. Jared Hosein (2/25/2006 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    Wow.. I just.. I dunno: -(

  • Hugh Cobb (2/8/2006 8:09:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Just a couple of thoughts on creativity and writing. For myself, and I can only speak for myself, the creative process is quite organic. An idea, feeling, concept gestates internally for weeks, months, sometimes years and then emerges as a nearly intact poem when it is time to be born.

    I never plan a poem. Each poem has its own unique and proper form. Some are sonnets, some rhymed in other forms, others blank or free verse. Each is its own expression. The poem seems to choose its correct form.

    An analogy to this is how sculptors see a piece of marble or clay and a particular form expresses to them through that medium. Some are pietas and others cheesy Hummel figurines. The incipient form is within the medium.

    I often mix blank and rhymed verse. This seems to occur without my trying to do so. and sometimes a well-placed rhyme in a sea of unrhymed lines can be a powerful way to express a focal thought or feeling.

    I am not one who can just sit down at a blank piece of paper and write if there's nothing happening. I have learned to trust my fallow periods and not give in to the fear that 'I'll never write again! ! ! ' As I said at the beginning of this ramble, poetry is organic for me. It begins internally and works its way out.

    In my recent poem, 'Driving by the Boneyard', I was literally coming home from visiting a sick friend in hospital and passed a cemetary. As I drove by it lines began to come to me. Those lines plus 2 others became the first stanza of that poem.

    Inspiration can be triggered by little things that we observe and those triggers can serve to bring out that which has been gestating within our psyches.

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    • kskdnj sajn (2/11/2006 2:31:00 PM) Post reply

      Well said Hugh, As you may remember my poem about my D in english...lol., poetry has no education here, just observations and straight from the psyche. That is why I remove some...poetry education may ... more

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  • Seán O' Muiriosa (2/4/2006 3:27:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Hey Foster, yeah you're right poetry is a minority persuit and generally very little people read it these days. But in that, does there not lie a challenge? For all us young poets - this new generation - is it not our opportunity to create poetry that people will want to read? ? ? Well, that's just the way I look at it. It may be simplistic, but hey, not everything in life has to be complicated. Even if that 5% of the population was raised to 6 or 7% from our work, wouldn't that be amazing...

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    • Aldo Kraas (1/26/2007 11:39:00 PM) Post reply

      Poetry is therapy For the mind Some topics are a challenge Because sometimes there are nothing about it in the internet You search and search over and over again And you and up strugling with it ... more

    • Rookie - 1st Stage john tiong chunghoo (2/7/2006 8:09:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      doesnt it make it cool... so little percentage of the population who could get a grasp of the whole thing about poetry. scarcity is always valued like diamonds. poets are the diamonds of the world. th ... more

  • Foster Blaine (2/4/2006 3:13:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Poetry, like independent music, is in essence a minority pursuit. Realisitically, probably less than 5% of people on the planet really READ and are 'into' poetry. This is the first and most important point one must consider when one decides that he/ she is going to become a poet; Your audience is not the average Joes and Janes of the world who sit each night stultified before their televisions; You are not on some grand platform with every human ear attuned to your metaphors and clever little lines. Your readers are people who breathe verse and literature, art and expression. You must satisfy them. I'll say it once more- poetry is a minority pursuit. Your target- the few and the critical. Are you part of that minority? Probably not but why not try? Everyone else does.
    I think another problem with shitty poets is the fact that they don't read enough poetry. They have a simple idea of what a poem is and they don't stray much from that concept. The result is usualy an ABAB rhyming confessional poem with the main point stated early somewhere in the first stanza and relentlessly milked throughout the rest of the poem. My advice... If you weren't born with, you're going to have to work like Hell to get it. So, why not try an easier medium like photography jewelry making?

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    • Rookie - 1st Stage Fil LeBoeuf (9/20/2006 7:59:00 AM) Post reply

      If you were so 'into' poetry I don't think you would slam others so much like you do. If you were really 'into' poetry you would offer helpful criticism when you feel it is needed. If you were so 'int ... more

    • Rookie - 1st Stage Sonny Rainshine (3/1/2006 3:25:00 PM) Post reply

      Good advice. Too many would-be poets don't take the time to learn the craft. But a good friend of mine, responding wisely to my complaints that it's too hard to get a poem published these days, remind ... more

  • Tomás O Cárthaigh (1/30/2006 8:51:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    To write, I normally think of the title first. Then the first four lines create the theme, the next four explore the theme, and often the last six (where a sonnett is written) can give the mening, or a twist to the poem.

    That is a great way to write religius poetry, I find.

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    • Rookie - 1st Stage Michael Voorhis (1/31/2006 7:37:00 PM) Post reply

      I prefer to write it, then read it over to understand everything that i said better. Thats when i try to think of a title. But then again, I dont write religious poetry.

  • Ian Blake (1/28/2006 10:05:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Even granting that much of the poetry on here is, as has been said, 'trite and cliched' (which is redundant) , I think more of an effort needs to be made to give concrete and helpful advice to these poets. I feel that some people glance at some poems and instantly think, 'yecch, another 14-year old's poem about suicide with an ABAB ryhme scheme that rhymes 'cry' and 'die'... this isn't worth a second look.' I am guilty of this, myself. Well, perhaps it is bad poetry, but these people are to be admired for having such a dedication to poetry at such a young age, and they should be talked to without condescension. Point out specific rhymes that are tired or forced. Tell them which lines specifically are cliches. Tell them which images have promise and should be brought out more. If you hate it, rate it as a 1 or 2, but at least say something pertinent about it. Writers need to be TRAINED to remove cliches from their writing, because using phrases and ideas one has heard before comes naturally to any writer. With feedback that is pertinent and specific, you will actively help to improve young poets' poetry. With dismissive comments, you will drive them away from poetry. Just my two cents. Anyway, I hope to comment more on the stuff, even the bad stuff that comes through here.

    However, it is very hard to do this when people post like 50 THINGS AT ONCE. Please, people, submit one thing at a time. It will make this site better, and it will make your poems better, because it will be easier for people to give timely commentary to your work.

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    • Rookie - 1st Stage Mike Finley (3/4/2006 9:10:00 AM) Post reply

      I am one of the bad people who put up 50 poems. I didn't know the nature of the service, and it wa snot posted: 'Only put up one or two per day.' I enjoy Poemhunter, but the deeper I look into it, ... more

    • Rookie - 1st Stage JM Howard (2/24/2006 11:47:00 PM) Post reply

      Good point, but a lot of the people who sign up here aren't looking for a critical forum. As for myself, I frequent critical forums, but to be honest, I use poemhunter almost solely because it's a hel ... more

    • Rookie - 1st Stage john tiong chunghoo (2/7/2006 8:06:00 AM) Post reply

      yes, we are not here to show off but to learn from each other. so offer ideas to help others improve if you can. if not, simple.. just shut up.

    • Rookie - 1st Stage Daniel Tyler (2/2/2006 11:14:00 AM) Post reply

      I totally agree Ian.

  • Martin A. Ramos (1/26/2006 1:25:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Even if much of the poetry posted here is 'trite and cliched, ' there are some true gems. You just have to search to find them. If we wrote poetry only for the dilettantes, then only the dilettantes would read it. A boring prospect.

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