What Studying Rhetoric Taught Me About Writing Poetry
Andy Meyer
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Ah, this thing called poetry..

Poetry was touched maybe in 1 chapter in my native language book — definitely not in English curriculum at my school. There were no discussions on what makes a good poetry vs a bad one. We memorised some famous poetries, but not really sure why they’re famous. Reading poetry in class was fodder for giggles and hoots. Let’s not remember that..

I didn’t know there were so many forms out there! Frankly I followed Poetry in Form when I first started almost a month ago and saw the link to the form list and <polite profanity here>! I didn’t know where to start, just reading the rules made me spin. All I knew was 4 line rhyming stanzas or alternate rhyming, or free!

I like writing poetries because it allows me to do it in one sitting, except when it’s really hard because of them rules (I’m looking at all of you Chalkboard editors!). I used to only write them at the lowest points of my life where everything is drama. I think that’s what’s required within me to start writing. I don’t really have many happy works (some may notice this is still true now, even after over a decade of not writing).

After reading your points, I reflected back on my experience. I don’t have a large audience so I don’t think about who to target and how to target them. lol. Medium is filled with people from different backgrounds and so different from the bookstore visitors I’d have little knowledge of that human intersection. Then there’s that balance between design vs art frequently debated..

Interestingly about tools, a couple of my old pieces were inspired by songs and are inseparable to it. That was 15 years ago, and my conclusion was unless one’s really good at it, it would read cringe-worthy tacky like mine, so I avoid it now.

Thanks for the discussion provoking post!

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