You’re Probably a Bad Poet

It’s easy to be a bad poet nowadays. All you have to do is “write what you feel” — and be sure that you break it up into lines. Since free verse poetry has come to dominate poetry in the last century, everyone has come to the conclusion that he or she can be a poet. If, in order to be considered a poet, you had to learn how to write in iambic pentameter and to use end rhyme and alliteration, not to mention using other rhythms, sound patterns, and poetic forms, there would be many fewer poets in the world — and far, far fewer bad poets as a result.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.