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Karen Gonzalez-videla Female, 14, United States (6/14/2013 1:01:00 PM)

I believe the best way to write poetry is to express what you feel. First, write it down in simple words. Then, you need to exaggerate the truth so only you are able to figure out what the truth in your poem means to YOU. After that, you should go back to it and fill the poem with descriptive adjectives that will give it life. Once you have that part, re-read it to yourself so you can fix the errors you committed. Once you did those simple steps, there comes the most important part: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SHOW IT TO THE WORLD. Even though some people will try to make fun of it or say bad things about the poem, you need to make those negative words invisible. What counts is not the opinion of others, but the rate you yourself give to your poem :)

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  • Gulsher John (7/6/2013 5:21:00 AM) Post reply

    Very impressive......

  • Jan Sand (6/21/2013 8:03:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    There is no doubt that poetry is a medium for feeling but if it were that simple the stuff you would see on the inside of the door on a public booth in a men's or women's public lavatory would qualify as poetry. Not to say that some of that stuff is not poetry but the bulk of it is simple emotion without skill. Good poetry requires skill with language, with the various tools of poetry, with deep understanding of people, history, current understanding of the many aspects of the world. We all have lacks in these huge areas but we do the best we can. Even with all these considerations, many experienced poets fail. There is a special magic in choosing the right word, the right metaphor, the right way of assembling all these various skills to get a poem that surprises even the author. I do not say this to discourage anybody, merely point out something worthwhile is not necessarily easy. But, occasionally, surprisingly, it is.

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    • Gulsher John (7/6/2013 5:28:00 AM) Post reply

      Ya this is how we can learn from each others'experience...... We must not show any pompous reviews for poems failed to meet the standards.....as few of PH fellows doing this. Tnx

    • Anneabeth Writer (6/29/2013 11:36:00 AM) Post reply

      I love to read things I find on bathroom walls, not because I expect it to be poetry but because it has emotion. Now some may just be " Jane is a b! t$H" or something filthy but other things ... more

  • ..... W@king Up..... (6/14/2013 8:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    This is how I feel :) there is no perfect poem! Everyone has different feelings to share with the world, just in different perspectives, perhaps in different languages, and all poems have different meanings to different people. It is all about difference! Poems like this attract attention :)

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    • Karen Gonzalez-videla (8/7/2013 7:13:00 PM) Post reply

      I read this comment too late, but I will reply anyways, though I loved your words. You are incredible and you will always be :) Friends forever!

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