Poetry writers do it for the love of poetry and the creative spirit. If you aspire to become a poet. Read poetry. Read old poetry. Read new poetry. Poets take all kinds of emotions and experiences and brings them to life to make them art. Words are often used in new ways to open up the readers mind and make him see life in a different light. Poetry is something humans have always done and always loved. If you want to be a poet. Pick up a pen and go to it.
A good way to know if your poetry sounds right is to read it aloud. When you come to an ending pause slightly to see if it gives the effect you intended. By reading aloud you can hear how the words flow and if there might be other words that would work better. As you read you will see which words need the most emphasis. You can choose to accent those words that are most important to the rhythm to your poem. Writing poetry becomes a way of life to poetry writers.
Poets are always looking for ways to express themselves in verse. Keep your mind nimble and open to new ways of saying things that interest you. And most important of all. Make time to write. Write your poetry over and over again. Make a rough draft and refine it until you make it as perfect as possible. Don’t settle for other people’s language. Write the kind of poetry that only you can write.
It’s a good idea to keep a note pad to jot down your daily thoughts and subjects for poems. Write about anything that strikes your fancy. It can be a happy or sad event in your life, a funny episode, your-spouse, children,nature, homeless people. There is no end to what you can write about. Concentrate on your subject and come up with ways of describing the happening. Use metaphors, and images. Make your readers see it through your eyes. If you don’t come up with a poem you like, it’s okay. A poet always throws away more than she uses. Keep trying and you will eventually come up with a good poem.
Almost all poems have a message. You will usually have to pay close attention to know what the message is. Keep an open mind and look at different possibilities. Take into account the music and rhythm and see how they contribute to the meaning. If you don’t perceive the massage, just enjoy the poem for it’s natural rhythm and play on words. Remember that poetry has more meaning per word than any other kind of writing.
Eventually you may make the decision to show your poetry to the world. It’s a tough decision. When you do you will begin to see your poetry through your readers eyes. Every one who takes their writing public learns from the experience. If you decide to start a poetry group, it’s best to start with a few friends who wont criticize too much. Beginning poetry writers are a fragile bunch.
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