Poetry is an inborn art, making a good poet’s page is the most important part though. What makes a good poet? In this post there are many areas that would make a poet to be a good poet in his/her writings.
A good poetry work comes out of a poet who would define the world through his/her subconscious eye. This comes naturally, however some would find it tedious; hence be in your own world outlook.
Secondly, a good poet should base much her/his roots on other poet’s work. You must be most certainly a voracious reader of poetry. The more you read, the more art will remain within your hand, so be a reader of poetry.
The other point is, to be a good poet is to discover your own potential, your own voice or tonality. When you have found your own voice, you will see that there will be a development of an identity. Look at the world of well-known poet’s for instance the Hughes, Longfellows, Shakespeares, Keats etc, they have their own identities.
Stop yourself the idea that a good poet has to be classical; developed in rhyme, a poet need not rhyme to be good poetry that is a major misconception. As good people say, “traditional rhyme is classic and useful and beyond beautiful, but you may find that you excel better at free verse”.
Next, don’t be confined to be a good poet. Every moment can be a good poem-every moment is an opportunity to write. Look at your world, what do you see? All those visions you see is what we call poetry, just courage them on a paper. Never get nervous on what you have written, just write and write, even if at that time you are writing it, it makes no sense to you. Always keep a pen and a writing paper, any thought that comes out jot it down. It all begins with a thought. And a good poet will later revisit his work and edit several times.
Just as any kind of sport, take yourself into practises, a good poet practises read and study closely that you feel is necessary. Read lots of other poets and them forget everything they did. Observe, feel, write, throw away, rewrite, observe, feel, rewrite such activities will contribute into a good poet. In addition to that some of the greatest poets are known for their massive a mounts of work they put into one poem, spending lots of time rewriting, correcting and refining their works. So, don’t think that you necessarily have something genius on your first go, its one of those things that takes practice and hard work if you really need to be a good poet.
A good poet will sit and think of the target audience. Choose the right audience of your particular work before it is released to the world. Some poems are written in a hardy way which will require a person who is matured in mind to converse its meaning, some poems are written in a shallow way that even a youngster can not have difficulties to find its meaning – be or find an audience really to be a good poet.
The next point to consider is a good poet will always be good at reciting his/her work a poet has to be able to recite his/her own worlds, to jam freely to music, and to name and recite the works of significant others historically.
Finally, a good poet will have an understanding of structure, prose, style: for those ones are all important tools for a poet and with any art study tends to sharpen those skills.
Remember that your poetry is your own and no one can tell you that it’s true; it has to come from your heart. As good people say “an art is in the eye of the beholder and poetry is the soul of the reader.” Poetry is personal power, personal expression, personal joy, hope, love, pain etc. poetry is what ever the poet makes it.
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2. Can I write a good poem, http//www.tribe.net, 2008