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POETRY: ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT THEY’RE DOING

So, to be frank with you. I’m not the best poet there is, nor am I worst. My last year’s English report would agree wholeheartedly too. But I think I have a knack for this new style of poetry that had begun to emerge since Rupi Kaur’s book Milk and Honey took the number one spot on New York Times bestseller list for a consecutive 77 weeks. Amazing, huh? So with this quite amazing read (my personal opinion), I’ve decided to venture out to this style of writing that seems to have so little words yet seems to speak to you so much.

 

Tip #1: Experience

If you’re going to write a poem that speaks to your mind and heart, you’re going to need some experience. What type of experience? That’s entirely up to you, though do try not to break any laws. I don’t want any of my readers in jail.

Probably the most common experience that many teenagers feel is love. What type of love? That’s up to you. But to make the writing and emotional process easier, it makes sense for you to have experience that thing in order to truly write about it. Because what is a piece of writing when you haven’t put any heart into it?

But once writing this, I guess, this tip can apply for any piece of writing in general.

 

Tip #2: Keep it short and sweet

There’s one clear difference between narrative writing and poetry. Poetry is short, while narrative writing is not. This new style of poetry writing seems to take the short word count of ordinary poetry writing and slices that number by half. Take out all the unnecessary words that don’t contribute to the poem.

Example:

 

There was this one boy

who sat three rows ahead of me.

Still young and limber.

His hair gelled so thick,

It was trapped in a prison.

His backpack hung loosely on one shoulder,

unzipped and empty.

With no care in the world.

 

Now, I’m going to take out all the unnecessary words

 

A boy sat three rows ahead of me.

Still young and limber.

Hair gelled so thick,

It was trapped in a prison.

His backpack hung loosely on one shoulder,

unzipped and empty.

With no care in the world.

 

You see that the difference may be small, but I feel like it flows much nicer in general, if I were to read it out

Tip #3: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO RHYME

I don’t think I can stress this enough, POETRY DOESN’T HAVE TO RHYME. I think that’s what deters a lot of people when it comes to starting poetry writing, that it’ll be hard to find words that rhyme. But that’s not what poetry is, poetry – for me, at least, is something that speaks to you. Something that you can understand, and maybe someone reading it can too.

 

Apologises such a short post today, I’ll come back during the weekends when I’m not swamped with studying and school. But for now, I do hope this post helped someone out. I also wanted to share this personal poem that I had written a while back. Do enjoy 🙂

PS: You can read more of my stuff on wattpad @/dottiq 😉

 

-dottiq

 

First Loves

 

First loves are fickle things.

They come and go, only once in your lifetime.

Yet they somehow stay with you forever, until the day you take your last breath.

The lesson they teach you resonates.

Making you stop and think of everything they taught you.

The ups and the downs.

The painful and the joyful.

You think back and remember how much it had hurt.

It may not be like the love in the fairytales.

But it was something that taught you what love was supposed to be.

Even if the first was shi*ty and you called it quits over stupid things.

It was your first love.

You never forget the first one.

7 comments

inky State Library Victoria

brb going to write a million poems now

23rd Aug, 18
bookwithbane

Same here!

23rd Aug, 18
bookwithbane

If you loved Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey, you'll love The Sun and Her Flowers

23rd Aug, 18
bookwithbane

Also to stress, there are many different styles of poetry, you just have to find the one that suits you!

23rd Aug, 18
spacesoda

this is amazing!! I'll follow you on wattpad now (i'm @shirogane) ♡

24th Aug, 18
dottiq

thanks a million :)

29th Aug, 18
chaos

I also write poetry alongside my novel and fanfiction/s, and can proudly say that my poems only rhyme about half the time. It just switches. On one line, rhyming; the next, whatever, and it still flows brilliantly. Which, in the end, is all that really matters.

25th Nov, 18