Why Write Poetry

Good article on writing poetry

Writing Creative Nonfiction

By Dave Hood

You will not become rich by writing poetry. In fact, if you spend your days writing only poetry, you’ll become a starving artist. Most poets teach and write, or they have day jobs and write in their leisure time. Given these facts, why write poetry? There are many reasons. Here are a few:

1. Self-expression. We write poetry to express our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. We write about “the self” and/or ” the world” in relation to “the self.” We write as witnesses to the world we observe, experience, interpret.
2. Literary art. Poets write because good poetry is art–literary art. Poets view themselves as artists.
3. Pleasure. People write poetry because it is enjoyable. Anyone who fancies word play appreciates using words to create sound effects, such as alliteration or rhyme,  or making comparisons with metaphor and simile.
4. Challenge. People write poetry because it is challenging…

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