How To: Be a Poetic Genius by Tea

Poetry is an interesting type of writing because it can range from deep, obscure imagery, to intimate feelings and then to sweet frolicking in a meadow. Like just about all creative vehicles you can do just about anything with it, which gives everybody an individual interpretation of what poetry is to them. It can also be very intimidating. You read these powerful messages from seemingly far away persons and just think to yourself “There’s no way I could write something like that.” Hey, trust me, we all started there. Here are some helpful tips to help you find your inner genius and create a masterpiece.

  1. What kind of poetry do you like to read? If you’re a rookie it’s easy to just do a simple ABAB or freestyle, which is totally okay, but it’s always good to dig deep and find one that really connects to you and try it!
  2. What kind of emotion are you trying to convey? I feel this is most important because the reason us humans create at all is to make others feel what we’re feeling. If you don’t have a consistent tone or thought throughout your poem, I don’t mean a repeating line, then your readers won’t FEEL what you’re trying to say.
  3. How long should it be? This is a tricky thing that you develop as kind of a sixth sense after a while, if you have trouble with it at all, but there’s no rule of thumb to go by. It all depends on what you’re doing with point two above. If you feel it’s long, read it aloud to see if it drags on. If you think it’s too short have an honest friend read it and ask them what they got out of it. Just try and make sure that it sends your message in the best way.
  4. Is my vocabulary appropriate? I’m not talking about swearing and childish name-calling, though that might not be the best idea, but really just word choice. Word choice can make all the difference or no difference at all but when it really matters is how your words flow. When you read the piece aloud do the thoughts seem awkward or plain like a bunch of unfinished sentences? It should be a consistent, flowing, elegant thought that leaves some kind of impression. So try picking out these weird spots and trying different wording to better sculpt the tone of your poem.

Try to ask yourself these questions when creating your word picture and discover the word master inside you.


Posted on April 15, 2015, in Editorial Board Essay. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This helps a lot thanks so much!

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