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Poetry on HubPages...Should it be judged separately?
Poetry on HubPages... Should it be judged separately?
By Tony DeLorger © 2013
Often my postings on HubPages are very personal; expressing or discussing what I'm feeling or going through at that time. I'm a sort of 'heart on your sleeve' kind of guy and I guess that can be a negative with posts, as many people may not relate and perhaps find the subject matter boring. For me, my writing and in particular poetry, is born of my quest to explore the human condition and express my findings as best I can for others to relate, and perhaps learn something about themselves as a consequence of my introspection.
I have been tempted many times to follow the course of more commercial subject matter to either increase my readership or make more money. But in the end I can only be true to myself and write what my heart and mind feels relevant at the time, rather than pre-empt any outcomes from my thoughts and expression. I have written in many genres: historical fiction, fantasy, biography, general fiction and non-fiction, philosophy, new-age and mental health and have managed to adjust to each as separate and fulfilling projects. But ultimately I feel my purpose as a writer is as an observer of the human condition, a voice offering perspective and hopefully truths about this miraculous journey we share.
I understand that gaining readership on sites like HubPages is based on content, presentation and marketing as with all commercial enterprises, but I do feel that many poets are disadvantaged by rules that govern Hub structure on the site as opposed to the value of the content in judging them for worth to other readers. Poems are often fewer words and for the sake of impact shouldn't have multiple images, videos or text offering explanation or other related information.
Poetry is more than not, multi-layered, and can offer the reader a great deal more than a standard article on a finite subject. Poetry uses language to explore both aesthetics and meanings in an unrestricted and endless way, and gives the reader a very individual journey through words. Thought provoking work that offers more in quality of both use of language and content should always be judged for what it is.
Perhaps it's time that HubPages looked separately at the poetry genre on its pages, and created a criteria in judgement that more suited the skills of the poet.