How do we write good poetry?
17 May 2014
SOME say to write good poetry we must be moved deeply.
Others say we must search deep within ourselves.
Some encourage keen observation and appreciation of wit and humour.
And yet others regard skill with the use of language, to express common affections and concerns with new clarity and unique vision, to be the spice.
Advice and critique abounds. Each 'teaching' has its value; all have their place.
For poetry is learned at the School of Life.
What life is good and which life is better for poetry to qualify it?
No single answer to the question of writing good poetry will suffice.
So, how do we learn to write good poetry, in this School of Life?
First, fear not, for you are already enrolled and this education is definitely free. If there is a fee it is your effort, your diligence and your willingness 'to seek, to ask, to knock'; the wise words of a greater poet.
Secondly, you must attend your classes. Wherever you are, live there: whatever you do, live it: whoever you are, be you. Put in the time and make the effort to also be more.
Thirdly, pay close attention to your lessons. No one can help you to see the world through your own eyes, open them maybe, but you must still dream alone at night and your imagination is always a mystery.
And last, but not least, use what is given to you; study your materials, think and ask questions for and of yourself; and write.
Carve yourself a niche within the confines of your soul, go there for renewal, to rekindle your light.
Your final examination depends on how you make the best use of your life.
Therein your poetry will come forth.
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