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just getting started with this site

  1. the lonely poet profile image60
    the lonely poetposted 6 years ago

    Iv'e always wanted to wright poetry, but am kind of nervous what people would think of me or think of my poems. I basically joined this site to see what people would think of me

    1. LeonJane profile image86
      LeonJaneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Don't worry too much of what people think of you. Write you poems and publish them here, follow other poets and write thoughtful comments on their poems and you should start to see people follow you and comment in return on your poems.

      Publish each of your poems in an individual hub, ad a photo and comments box and you should be off to a good start. You will get more people reading your poems/hubs if you also try to include some background discussion on the poem that you publish. For example if you write a love poem then add a text capsule and write how you were motivated to write the poem, what lead you to feel the way you describe in the poem etc. If you have at least 300 words plus in your hub then your poem will rate better on this site and google and you should get more readers.

    2. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image89
      AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I wish you well with your poetry.

    3. Rafini profile image81
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Welcome!  I agree with LeonJane, although I haven't done that myself with my poems...hadn't seen that advice before now.  Guess I'll hafta take some time and see what I can come up with.

      Anyway...Welcome and Enjoy!  HubPages is a friendly site. smile

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      cosetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      hee hee you're off to a good start with that avatar -  so cute! smile

      good luck and welcome to Hubpages.

  2. wilsonallen01 profile image61
    wilsonallen01posted 6 years ago


    Best of luck dude..

    I hope we will read some good poems..

    Thanks You

  3. LaMamaLoli profile image73
    LaMamaLoliposted 6 years ago

    Welcome to hubpages! Write away, and don't worry about what people think. For the most part people here are very nice, and if you ask for constructive criticism you will probably get it. It's about the writing, not about you, and remember, it is subjective. Good luck and don't forget to have fun!

  4. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    Just enjoy writing your poetry - most hubbers are a positive, friendly lot, so you will be fine!

  5. nikipa profile image22
    nikipaposted 6 years ago

    Welcome to this great family! I am sure you will love staying here! smile Write and Publish everything you like. Just share it with people and your hard work will be appreciated!

  6. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago

    Don't listen to the critics.  Write for the love of the story.  Learn a little about rhyme and meter if you like, use a dictionary or thesaurus when you are stumped for a word.  (Sometimes I just read the dictionary - you can express what you're trying to say much better if you have a wider vocabulary.)

    Don't take criticism personally - no one can know what you're feeling when you write.  Be pleased with yourself only when you have done your best work.  Only you will know if you have done your best or if you have taken shortcuts and copped out just to get it done.  Your best work is when you read it and it says exactly what you want in the way you want to be understood.  You will develop a style over time.  That doesn't mean you can't write in any style.  Experiment.

    There are many types of formal poetry - lyrical, narrative, sonnets, haiku, etc.  Formal poetry has rules regarding amount of lines, configuration of lines and rhymes, etc.   Like anything else, if you want to master something, learn about it.

    Edit!!!!!  Many writers - and poets in particular - think that it's not poetry unless it's spontaneous.  Write it spontaneously then go back and tweak it. 

    Above all, don't make it a chore.

    Some of the worst poetry - when someone just strings a bunch of words together randomly out of emotion or being high or whatever.  No one knows what the h_ll they're talking about.  This is not poetry.  Stringing words together like that takes skill and usually some experience with words.

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      ralwusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      yes, don't try so hard.

      1. couturepopcafe profile image61
        couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Why didn't I think of that?

  7. JayDeck profile image74
    JayDeckposted 6 years ago

    Do not worry what people think of your poetry. You will find an appreciative, supportive, and complimentary following, almost guaranteed. I am similarly new and have been very pleased by the poetry community at HP.