7 Questions About Poetry

A poem could be written with words but poetry could not be defined, just felt!!
Therefore just bringing together few questions that may arise in your mind as a poet accompanied with answers.

Why rhyming in poetry?
In ancient times we had a lot of things to be remembered and forwarded to future generations and there was no paper! Therefore poetry was employed as a way to orally remember the history, stories and other incidents that the world would like to keep in their mind-museums. Hence Poems came up as a writing art which had rhyming words at its tale, so that it became easy to sing and remember them.

Why imagery in poetry?
Have you heard of “words coming alive”, this is called imagery in poetry. When you can create a picture of the words in your mind, the poetry is in its best form of intelligibility. A good poet always chooses words which can actually create a picture in the readers’ mind so that he is able to understand well what the poet himself is able to see. Probably when you read a poem about heartbreak, you may not be able to experience the exact feelings if you have not been through yourself but reading something like ‘window glasses bursting’ might help you feel the intensity.
Difficult words: how important are they?
Poets get famous because they can play with words but poets get even more famous when they play with simple words. Flowery language is good to make things impressive but deliberate use of heavy words just to show off the size of your vocabulary is a turn off for the reader. A poet should be able to deliver intelligible things and not bouncers. A poem understood well parallel to reading has much deeper impact than a twisted tail with no tale.

What and why: Economy in poetry?
Basically it means using as few words as possible in poetry to convey the desired meaning. But that doesn’t means you create a drought of words and turn the desired interpretation upside down. Being ‘short and sweet’ is good but being ‘crisp and clear’ is equally important. It’s possible that you might have written four words which could have had a single word to express the same thought. Try it! Words are the treasure in poetry, use them wisely.
Is it good to edit my poem after finishing it?
Generally being raw is being natural and natural is always preferred over the made up one. But still a few things grow on themselves over time & effort and poetry is one of them. If you are one of those poets for whom words are self generating and you compose a poem in merely ten minutes, still it’s always good to polish and present it the dazzling way. A little adjustment here and there won’t take the natural essence away from your poem.
Is it obligatory to have poetic genes?
Of the most common notions, having poetic genes is considered necessary to possess poetic abilities in you. That’s not true. A poem comes from a game of words, beading of rhyme, a deep feeling/emotion, a sensitive heart and a great pen! One can of course be a poet even if his parents aren’t. It comes from the incidents you face in your own life and not the history of your DNA.
Why poetry at all?
Ask yourself; don’t you want to preserve the songs of your own life?

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