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Tips to Become a Successful Poet

A Comprehensive Guide!

by Bhashwati Pyne

Writing poems can be a thrilling and freeing experience for authors of all ages and levels of experience. Poetry allows poets to experiment with form and tradition while producing emotionally engaging work.

If you're thinking about trying your hand at poetry or want to improve your skills, here are some pointers to get you started:

  • Concentrate on a Specific Situation- Poems are most effective when they focus on a specific moment that expresses an emotion or serves as a metaphor for a concept.

Every day, such occurrences take place. All we have to do now is pay attention to them.

Consider how the spring season is just getting started and you see cherry blossom petals dotting the roadside. The more details you include in your poem, the more vivid it will be.

Sensory details aid emotional identification with your poem by your audience.

Poetry helps us cherish the simple pleasures of life, calms us down during times of stress, and helps us be more focused, in addition to the literary benefits.

  • Satirize the Ordinary- The irony of the word "ordinary" is that it implies that the majority of a population with similar features is acting in the same way.

We may share similar exterior characteristics — a spouse, a job, a car, a home, bills, children, and so on — but how we dance with each of these aspects is what distinguishes the ordinary from the remarkable.

Recognize the amazing in the mundane. What we must remember is that the things that are directly in front of us are extraordinary, fascinating, irreplaceable, and meaningful.

For example, we all spend a significant amount of time on social media in various ways.

We can easily compare them to the world's "modern sins." Always keep in mind that poetry is simply rearranging familiar objects in a new way and perspective.

The things you do on a daily basis are the ideal raw materials for poetry.

  • Allow others to interpret your work- The reader's experience is at the heart of poetry.

You might have a concept in mind that you want to transmit, and they might have had a similar experience to you that the poem reminds them of, or they might be particularly touched by your poetry in the way that you wanted.

Your reader may also react in ways you didn't expect, such as recalling a fond memory or experiencing a different emotion as a result of an image or a term you used.

One of the most lovely aspects of poetry is that it may be interpreted in a variety of ways.

Your poetry can be a place where your readers can experience their own lives and find things that resonate with them. Don't limit their response. Set them free.

  • Become aware of your own emotions- When poets say they're not writing from their own feelings, you should never trust them, and when that's truly the case, people are not very interested in what they're doing.

I'm not saying they're writing horrible poetry, but those aren't the ones I enjoy the most.

The poetry that I enjoy the most is those in which the engine is highly emotional, in which the warmth of intense emotion is very visibly evident in the thing that is being delivered to us.

Poetry should be an emotive form, and if it isn't, people might not be interested in it.

  • Make use of all of the tools in your arsenal- I haven't written a rhyming poetry in years, and while I seem to have lost my hunger for them, I still enjoy reading them.

Anyone who insists on the existence of rhyme isn't thinking hard enough about what poetry is or can be, in my opinion.

Having said that, it's crucial to remember that poets have a kind of kit full of tools that other writers don't have, and rhyme is an important part of that toolbox. So not using rhyme in your poems is akin to buying a car and never shifting out of second gear.

  • Read your poetry out loud.

Reading your poetry aloud is essential because, whatever we think the meaning of a poem is, we must accept that it has as much to do with the sound it makes when we hear it read aloud as it does with what the words mean when we see them written down on the page.

In a fundamental sense, I believe poetry is an acoustic form, which we've neglected in the last thousand years. Poetry's aliveness has possibly been pushed to the edge of things since the invention of the book.

  • Clichés should be avoided.

"A metaphor or simile that has become so familiar from overuse that the vehicle... no longer lends any meaning whatsoever to the tenor," says Stephen Minot.

It doesn't have the freshness of a new metaphor or the power of a single unaltered word.

It's also used to describe overused but non-metaphorical terms like 'tried and true' and 'each and every.

Clichés detract from the originality of speech. Creative talent is highly valued. They want to see work that stands out from the crowd. When readers come across a work that is free of clichés, they realise the writer has put forth a lot of effort to be unique.

On the other hand, when they see a work brimming with clichés, they get the impression that the author isn't presenting anything special.

Clichés have little meaning. People can finish entire paragraphs without even reading them because clichéd writing sounds so familiar. They won't stop to think about your poem if they don't bother to read it, nor will they ever meet the deeper ideas that mark the work of an accomplished poet if they do not stop to think about your poetry.

  • Read a wide range of poets' work- Reading poetry is the simplest approach to improve your poetry. You may know renowned poets like William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson, but you may be unfamiliar with modern poets and new poems.

  • Finding new poetry collections and reading contemporary literary publications to expose yourself to fresh voices is an important part of becoming a better poet. There's no harm in revisiting your favourite poems by great poets in an old poetry book, but finding new literary magazines and expanding your poetry reading to include young poets and different voices is an important part of becoming a better writer.

  • Keep a diary- When it comes to using lyrical language and presenting evocative imagery, poetry is a powerful medium. Keeping a journal might help you keep track of particularly memorable sights and thoughts as they arise during the day. You might use your free time to brainstorm and jot down your ideas in your poetry diary.

  • Explore innovative poetic devices- The myriad literary strategies and poetic styles at your disposal are one of the most intriguing aspects of poetry. Alliteration and assonance can be used to create a range of sounds in your work. Extending metaphors and using synecdoche or metonymy in your writing can add levels of significance to your work. Investigate different poetic strategies and try combining them into your poems.

  • Reduce the number of words you use- It can feel as though you have to use only abstract phrases and flowery language as a first-time poet in order to compose intricate poems and express deeper meaning. The truth is that sometimes the most basic words, combined with clear, concrete images, can produce a good poem.

To create dramatic and affecting poetry, some of the best American poets use concrete words and basic language. You don't need a thesaurus to come up with the correct words for your poems. If you find yourself overwriting, reduce the number of words you use and concentrate on precise, succinct verse.

  • Begin by forming a writing group- Getting together with other poets to form a writing group can help you commit to the hard work of writing and develop a continuous writing practise. A poetry writing workshop or group might help you keep track of your progress and overcome writer's block. Writing clubs are an excellent way to meet other poets who can help you connect with publishing contacts and literary agents.

  • It's important to remember that there are no rules- In poetry, there are no hard and fast rules. Allow yourself the freedom to experiment with meaning and form in your work. Don't be afraid to try new things or to be concerned about the end result. When you are unrestricted and free to play, you will produce some of your best work.

  • Remember to take notes when you are inspired- Great poetry necessitates creativity, but unfortunately, creativity is sporadic. It comes and goes as it pleases, and you have little control over it - so take notes if you feel inspired or inventive. Rather than trying to replicate thoughts afterwards, capture them as they occur. This is quite simple to accomplish; all you need to do is keep a notepad or a smartphone with you at all times so that you can quickly jot down your thoughts as they arise.

  • Remain constant- It's also crucial to maintain consistency in your writing. Even if you don't feel like you're developing, your writing, like most other skills, will improve with practise. It's also easier to prevent writer's block if you're consistent, but don't overwork yourself; simply try to write something a few times a week.


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