What, you mean that a poet might be hiding details from you, the dear reader? Perhaps. Grins. Here are five of the things a poet doesn’t tell you – until now!
Poets and Visions, or Lack of
It’s not always the case that the poet has a vision of what to write about when picking up a pen or putting fingers to keyboard. Instead, some writers go with the flow and get swept up within the moment as one line leads to the next one. This smooth flow often leads to beautiful poems because of its fairly effortless creation.
On Poetry Being ‘Dead’
Despite the familiar cries of readers that “poetry is a dying art form,” poets remain calm. A passionate poet knows that this style of writing remains alive in his or her heart. Even if there were no more buyers of poetry books and interest vanished for the genre, it wouldn’t stop a true writer from continuing to craft odes, sonnets and more. The interest remains in the heart of the creator.
Writing Poetry is Not a Choice
To write or not to write; that is NOT a question that a poet asks himself or herself. It’s not a decision to contribute to the written genre, at least not for the impassioned poet. Instead, the written creations are something the author feels compelled to do, just as musicians may feel playing music is a part of what defines them.
Know it All? Nah
It’s not about being an expert in all of the forms of poetry. It’s more about understanding the range of types, from blank verse to rondeau, and attempting experiments with them to see which ones are the best fit for the topic at hand. Poets are rarely so egotistical that they would say they are confident in all of forms of the genre.
Liking the Commentary
Even if you never hear a peep back from a writer after you left a comment on his or her epic poem, there is a good chance the poet still appreciated what you wrote. Personally, I enjoy getting feedback as it helps me grow in my writing skills and gives me the opportunity to explain anything readers might not understand about certain parts of a poem. Also, I like reading how people analyze the poems, even when the analysis does not align with my intention.
These are five of the things a poet doesn’t tell you. What are some more ideas to add to the list?
©2014 Christy Birmingham