Sometimes, one common problem of any writer is the fact that writing often has to take place or to be done from a position of authority, whether it’s a poem or a tech blog. You have to be someone who ‘deserves to write’, or someone whose work ‘deserves to be written’. However, such assumptions for poets in particular and writers in general usually only lead to a common case of writing paralysis, and must often be dealt with by simply going ahead and writing anyway. Of course, you might want to take these tips into account, so that your writing process might be made a little bit more manageable.
Writing The Poem
First of all, when finally coming down to writing, one thing you need to do is to pay attention and to carefully pick out concrete imagery. Don’t settle for vague terms and descriptions. Remember those times when you were complimented on for being ‘nice’, but you couldn’t appreciate it because you don’t have an idea of what it means exactly? Well, that’s the same operative principle for poetry. Be as concrete as possible.
Second, be sure to include literary devices. The English language, for instance, has its own rich collection of devices from which you can freely choose and apply. There are metaphors, similes, alliterations, assonances, and many other forms of figurative language. While for spoken language it’s probably good to say it like it is, poetry operates on a different plane, which means if you can conceal meaning behind figurative tools, then that’s all the better.
Third, try to keep in mind that as another special quality of poetry, whatever you’re writing is meant to be read out loud. What does this mean for writing, then? Well, very simply, this means you should also learn to write for the ear. Exploit as many good rhymes as you can, if you think the rhymes are helpful for your point. If not, then make good use of free verse. If you forget about this, you might as well write in prose as it won’t make any difference.
In the end, actual writing does have its challenges, but these challenges should not deter you from really writing anyway, and letting the process perfect itself. Who knows, you might build a website out of all that poetry?