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Post Reply What does it take to write good poetry?
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First off, let's start with a simple question: what makes poetry good? The answer can be either from a subjective or objective point, but considering that we are talking about a subject that is used to convey emotions (and emotions are obviously subjective perceptions of one's surroundings), the latter seems to be too difficult to properly define. Admittedly, perhaps it would be better to ask: what makes poetry bad?

I have tried myself at poetry a few times and I would not say that I am satisfied with the results. Sure, people have told me that they liked my poems, but I feel like folks are more impressed by my desire to express my emotions than the poems in which I expressed those. Art in all of its forms is something that many people are incapable of understand, which leads them to be in awe whenever they encounter an individual who holds art in high regard and might even be considered an artist (from the layman's point of view). So what I am saying is that I doubt that people think that my works are of a high quality. I always feel like there is something missing from my poems, but I cannot quite point out what could possibly be missing.

Have you ever tried yourself at writing? If so, how did it feel at first and do you think that you are good at such a thing? If not, what is it that prevents you from giving it a shot?
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If I knew I would be doing so right now :/
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It's subjective and you know it when you read it because it makes you feel something and it sticks with you.
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Honestly, it doesn't matter if it's not high quality. As long as it comes from the heart and people like it that's all you need. And if your not satisfied with it, then go through the same process you would if you were writing an essay. Switch things around, choose different wording, read it out loud. Even getting the opinion of a English teacher could help you. I sometimes like to get an opinion from people I know on how something should be placed or worded.
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THE BRAIN OF ROBERT FROST!!!!!!

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To express your laughter and whimsy,
To bear your sorrow and pain,
You need beat that's not flimsy,
And the time to think with your brain.
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It takes writing bad poetry for years until you die and about fifty years later some anthropologic literature scholar finds it and thinks it's pretty neat, then forces it upon their unsuspecting student body until you have a couple generations of teachers brainwashed by this bad poetry to think that it's meaningful, insightful, and concise.
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"a lot of the music making process happens outside the studio" - Bon Iver

I firmly believe that sage advice applies to all art.
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A God complex and the ability to break the fourth wall.
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I guess it has more to do with tolerance

On such an emotional level you get to really relate to something

It can be more than just words, but sometimes it can't.

You just have to be accepting of another perspective. Why do we consider somebody to be the one to speak for the rest ? What do they know? Why do we accept it.....

Maybe certain Words were meant to be understood on another level, What others cannot imagine for themselves; we become unique.

We capture something, for the greater good
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I know when I like something, but I'm not knowledgeable enough of the technicalities of composing verse to explain why I like it. I read about 60 pages of Laurence Binyon's translation of Dante's Commedia yesterday, and didn't like it very much. The exact mechanics of the meter in the original Italian, when implemented in English, do not satisfy. Freer renditions such as Clive James's I enjoyed more.
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Honesty.
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A talent for making simple things sound deep and deep things sound simple.
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Insanity.
Most (good/famous) artists/poets/writers etc were all insane at some point; Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Amy Winehouse and so forth.
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Yes, wanted to be a writer for a long time. However but because of time and certain pathways I chose in life, I don't have much time for it at this moment. However I do think about it greatly from time to time. If I do go back to writing I'd make damn sure I'd say something relevant and that could subtly propose alternatives in my writing.

A ted talk from this woman summises what I mean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPk56BR1Cmk
skips to 6:10:

https://youtu.be/UPk56BR1Cmk?t=6m10s

After many years I find myself feeling most rewarded when I align myself heavily with the values presented at 6:10 in the ted talk.
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