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Poetry - How long should it be?

  1. Cara.R profile image80
    Cara.Rposted 4 years ago

    I just read that a great hub should be between 400 to 1200 words. Does that apply to poems also? I searched to find if this question had been already asked and found nothing.

  2. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 4 years ago

    If you publish it in the poetry section, it can be as long as you want. I've seen four line poems published as hubs.

    However poetry and creative writing rarely gets search engine traffic or earns you money, if that's what you're aiming to do. :-)

    To add to it, you can write some information about the inspiration for the poem or give a reader a look at the topic.

    1. Cara.R profile image80
      Cara.Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks WryLilt,
      I write about other things besides poetry, however I wanted my poetry to be within the hub guidelines of what a good hub is even if I didn't make money. I am trying to get up the courage to go that extra step with Adsense and all the other options HubPages offer. Basically I'm working on honing my writing ability before I go to the next level.

      1. WryLilt profile image87
        WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You're welcome. Good move on your part I'd say.

        Many people worry if it takes them a few days to get an Adsense account with only a handful of hubs. What they don't realise is that most people don't make more than $2 in their first few months, till they write more content and get the hang of it.

        At least by the time you're comfortable enough to sign up for earnings, you'll be more likely to see decent revenue.

  3. SimeyC profile image90
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    If you really want to write a poem with one word - go for it! You won't be penalized on HP for it - you're unlikely to earn money from it - but that's poetry anyway - not many poets earn a real living from their art!

    And btw don't worry about honing your writing skills before going for HP Ads and Google - go for it now and use the whole experience as a learning curve - the sooner you write and begin to understand what it takes to get some decent income the better...

  4. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago

    The HubPages Hub Poem Poem
    by Shadesbreath

    Poems should not have a preset length
    For wordiness is not their strength
    Lyrics and meter give life to verse
    So counting words would be perverse

    Yet Hubs do need a 500 count
    That seems to be the least amount
    Less than that and the spiders sigh
    Making hub scores drop and writers cry

    So write those poems, but add postscripts
    An epilogue or some writing tips
    Just toss that text at the bottom end
    Then the hub-score fairy will be your friend.

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
      Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I was almost dancing that. smile

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
        Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, I meant to say I was almost dancing to that. smile

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          If you click the "more" button, you can edit your posts for a few hours after creation. smile

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
            Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I'm useless, have only just learnt how to upload pictures to forums. Sometimes I feel like the hubber who is several years behind everyone else. big_smile

    2. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I can never decide if you or Mark Ewbie are awesomer shades. I think you just went up five points though!

      1. Shadesbreath profile image89
        Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I am convinced I can destroy him at mud wrestling, and that's all that matters to me.

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          As long as it's not naked. I like boobs on my naked wrestlers.

          1. Shadesbreath profile image89
            Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            OH, you are in for a treat!

  5. Cara.R profile image80
    Cara.Rposted 4 years ago

    Some reason I only received one comment and just got the rest. Thanks for all the pointers, I will do my best smile

  6. Cara.R profile image80
    Cara.Rposted 4 years ago

    I don't recall if I have even tried that yet.  smile

  7. steveamy profile image61
    steveamyposted 4 years ago

    as long as it needs to be and no longer

  8. Swetankraj profile image79
    Swetankrajposted 4 years ago

    The poem doesn't require any word or sentence to express. Go and write from your heart. No matters where it is long or short!

 
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