Why do people write poetry? (a bit of theory first…you can skip it lol)
The most usual answer: it’s an act of self-expression. Poetry is emotional, creative and free-floating.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”
There’re more reasons:
-writing poetry for themself: maybe because you feel sad, or angry or happy.
-writing poetry for someone in particular. Often love-poems, break up-poems.
-writing to share something with the world/your experiences, poems about human condition, life, love, death etc.
-writing to convince: means you have a view about the world – how it is, how it should be.
-writing because you want to be a poet or you think you are a poet.“Sometimes I sit alone under the stars and think of the galaxies inside my heart and truly wonder if anyone will ever want to make sense of all that I am”. Christopher Poindexter
I don’t know why I’m writing poetry. There’s no particular reason. Probably because it is short (takes not so long time: a poem has to be condensed, without straying from the main theme), its meaningful, and I believe a poetry is a part of being. The purpose of writing a poetry is embedded in the act of living itself. My first poem written at the age 6 (I sent it to the newspaper by the way and they printed it 😂 + I’ve got an answer/letter from editor).
Why is prose writing considered to be easier than poetry?
Poetry requires a mastery of language, an economy of language, and imagination. Poetry have to be lyrical, metaphorical, and significant. Poetry always have a rhythm, even if it doesn’t have rhyme.
I personally think it is easier to write a prose, but a poem is shorter tho haha
How to write a good poetry?
Who knows? Only TIME will tell 🙂 “wink”
Different people will read the same poem but feel different emotions. It’s absolutely normal. Because a poetry is always a result of personality (a poet) and the way he perceives reality.
Now the way I see it (no more theory, haha):
I think a good poetry is = a good IMAGE/PICTURE. I know a lot of people think that a poem is expression of the feelings only, but they are wrong. You can’t touch the heart if the heart doesn’t see anything behind your words. Literally. (I can’t feel what I can’t imagine/never experienced/etc.)
I think a good poetry is like a HOUSE, properly built. Would you like your house to fall? How your house looks like? Does it look like a Gaudies buildings in Barcelona or Lois Sullivans modern skyscrapers? I’m talking about melody/rhythm here…and again – the IMAGE. When I’m reading a poem – images popping up in my head.
No images = no feelings = poem is wasted
When I’ve worked as a teacher (in the high school), I always asked my students/pupils, after reading of a poem, => DRAW for me WHAT YOU SEE THERE.
If you see nothing -> you probably didn’t read it well or it is badly written.
POEM = IMAGE/S
POETRY is a STORY.
A story can not be created only on emotions. So while I’m reading your poem…what do you do? You, a poet, are taking my hand and pulling me inside of your dream/vision. And if you can create IT and I can SEE IT – that means I can feel what you feel (or at least something).
Lets take a look at my post yesterday:
- I’m usually writing ideas, words, sentences (anything what I think deserves to be written) in my Remembary “diary”. It’s an app.
- I was drinking tea…and the phrase “It was the tea..warm and bloomy ‘staccato of spring’ in my cup” showed up in my head. Just like this. I decided it was funny and I wrote it down in my Remembary (I’m forgetting everything quickly, so I’m used to write things down at once lol)
- Then next day I decided I’ll write a poem about tea, because it will be quickly and “something” to post. Haha. The idea – a poem about the tea.
- Structure… First sentence was very short, the second was very long. It was all I’ve got.. so far. So I decided to “BUILD’ my poem by mixing of very short and very long sentences. You see it on the picture.
- After a while one more phrase popped up in my head: “All you love ..only those goddamn leaves in old pot.” But ops!The start of a poem was very positive, so I couldn’t find a place for that “piece”. So I decided it will be 2 heroes: female and male. And I’ll describe their views/feeling about tea-drinking.
- At the very end I was kinda lazy so I’ve messed up a bit, but still liked it, so I left it as it is.
- Now about the images: she loves tea …what you can draw here? -> the spring, the trees, people working on fields, the river, fireplace and a chair with a book and a blanket. Her tea = warm/happy feeling. He doesn’t like tea…what you can draw here? He’s seeing tea like a water with a weird taste. Smells like crap, colour of piss/dirty yellow, hot as hell/scary motel, impossible to drink/red tongue. Lol
Of course I can’t tell you – you have to see THIS and THAT, because you, and only you who is doing connections! You, who is drawing images in your head…
One more detail, often a poetry (mine as well) is a conversation: between “images/heroes” and between me & “reader”.
About the name:
The name of a poem has nothing to do with the tea…and even with a poem. HAHA. I simply saw those words somewhere and I liked it. That’s all.
P.S. A week ago or so, I read a poem on wordpress called “Chicken Noodle Soup”…but it was nothing about chicken or noodles or a soup there. And when I’ve asked a person who wrote it – where’s a soup? 🙂 she told me its just her thoughts while she is eating a soup.
SIMPLE as THAT…
Here’s the link to Tea-poem (if you’ve missed it yesterday 😬): https://raynotbradbury.com/2017/02/07/i-am-always-an-alligator-she-is-always-a-princess-for-tea-lovers-and-tea-haters/
“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.” Ursula K. Le Guin
Living in Sweden/Born in USSR. Happy. Ayurvedic food. Healthy lifestyle. Dogs. Literature. Painting. Meditation/Yoga. I love my life.
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