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Michael Dalvean Australia (2/2/2013 5:15:00 AM)

Greetings all.
I have recently done some work on what the differences are between poems written by amateurs and those written by professionals. Essentially, the most significant characteristics of " professional" poetry is that it is more concrete and contains less sentiment than poems written by " amateurs" . I would be curious to get feedback on these findings. The research is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2208452.
Looking forward to your responses,
Michael Dalvean

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  • Donnaj York (2/14/2013 8:03:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Technically speaking " professional" means you make money from your art, trade, or writing..... right?

    I write but for myself. If I could write poems (or books) that others wanted to read that would be great. If I could make a living writing, that would be a dream come true.

    But how rare is it that a poet actually earns a living writing?I think pretty darned rare. (Although I do " get" the difference intended in the original message regarding substance vs. emotional writing) Substance is what keeps me reading a piece whereas emotional writing will lose me midsteam.....especially love poems. But then I'm just that jaded sort of cynic.

  • Eldridge Searles (2/14/2013 2:34:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    We have to ask ourselves though, what makes someone a professional poet?I really think that what is in the poetry, how poems are written, is what makes a poet labeled professional. It is when a substantial amount of people render a serious attraction to a poets writing style or by listening to the poetry as it is spoken. I believe it is what the people are in to for poetry, because if a poet writes what is soothing to the ears and eyes of the people, he will be deemed a professional poet.

    E. Wayne Searles Author of " Poetic Visions From My soul"

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    • Donnaj York (2/14/2013 7:10:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Technically speaking " professional" means you make money from your art, trade, or writing..... right? I write but for myself. If I could write poems (or books) that others wanted to ... more

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