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Why isn't poetry popular?

  1. WindMaestro profile image61
    WindMaestroposted 6 years ago

    Why isn't poetry popular?

    The only thing I really do on hubpages is write poetry. I mean, I am going to expand my topic area, but it disappoints me how unpopular poetry is. Is there a way for me to increase my traffic to my poem hubs?

  2. Hyphenbird profile image92
    Hyphenbirdposted 6 years ago

    I don't really know how to increase traffic except perhaps use only the poetry forum and no subcategories.
    Poetry is often not understood so many people won't read it. And it is so often poorly written. I love poetry and write poetry so I know this well. grammar is often twisted and broken just to make a rhyme and sometimes the spelling is just awful. I have heard many people say as long as it is written from the heart, it is wonderful. This is not true. Poetry like any other genre must follow the rules of literature. Because thousands write without knowing how to write people shy away from it.

  3. ii3rittles profile image82
    ii3rittlesposted 6 years ago

    I am also a poet! I use Twitter to gain more viewers, or simply answer more questions on here... if people like your response they follow you! Also, Post a forum that's directed toward poets and poetry.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    I agree, for some reason poetry is unpopular.  Such a shame.  I love reading others poetry, it is usually short, an easy read, and evokes some strong emotion. 

    I have a lot of poetry on here yet one of my articles on finance gets so much traffic, and I have no idea why.  There are poetry websites out there to post poetry on.  You can research on Google.

  5. M. T. Dremer profile image95
    M. T. Dremerposted 6 years ago

    I would argue that poetry is very popular among writers. The writing group that I attend on a monthly basis is comprised mostly of poets and every college writing course I took seemed to be overflowing with poetry (they were not poetry classes). Having said that, there is an explanation about why your poems are performing poorly on HubPages. The articles posted here are meant to be sent out into the internet and found by the random web surfer. So, when a user types in "how do I change a car tire" there is a chance that hubs will be on that list. But unfortunately, that's exactly why you're not getting traffic. When your hub answers a common question, people will find it easily, but a poem doesn't answer a question, nor does it necessarily focus on a popular subject. It's true of all forms of fiction on HubPages; people just don't know what to search for that would find your work. If they did a generic search for 'poetry' chances are you wouldn't even be on the search list because of how much else there is out there.

    So if you want to get more traffic there are two options for you; the first is that you could include other, more search friendly things with your poem. For example, if you posted a famous poem by a recognizable poet as part of the hub, then explained that it was an inspiration for your other poem which is posted below it, you'll likely get more traffic. Though in that instance you might run into the duplicate tag, which is a real pain in the butt. The second option is networking. Find websites, forums and social groups online for poets and then post links to your poems on hubpages. When you seek out a group of writers and participate, they will return the favor. That option won't result in high traffic returns, but it will help with general feedback.

  6. MichaelStonehill profile image60
    MichaelStonehillposted 6 years ago

    Actually writing poetry is very popular. However, reading good poetry is indeed less popular, since it takes more than a minute to listen to other persons souls.

  7. ProFreelance profile image38
    ProFreelanceposted 6 years ago

    Poetry used to be very popular. People would gather from miles around to listen to a poet speak, or to hear an orator recite a poet's work. It was an evocative, dramatic, social experience. Each poem was a capsule of life, carefully crafted for maximum emotional effect. Children would quote them in school. Lovers would quote them in romance. It was quite a thing to know all the words to one of the popular poems of the day.

    I first learned the answer to your question in fourth grade, when I opened my brand new reader and the first selected poem was "The Sound of Silence," written by Paul Simon. In written form, it was beautiful, as a poem should be. And then it occurred to me. The poetry concerts had become music concerts, and modern poetry was now played on the radio.

    Poetry is still popular, in a way. Children and lovers still quote it often, and people still consider it an accomplishment to know all the words to it. But the part that pulls the heartstrings now seems to be attached to the tune that goes with the poem. I wonder if it might help traffic to expand into the poetry we find in music today.

  8. seicheprey profile image60
    seichepreyposted 6 years ago

    I think that the extremely subjective nature of poetry makes it difficult, as does the wide variety of forms.  Some people love classical poems, other prefer free verse, some enjoy the Beat poets and others just vomit at the whole concept.

  9. thecoffeewrite profile image87
    thecoffeewriteposted 6 years ago

    I think poetry is unpopular because its an art. In this day and age anything artsy and requires reading and thinking is not popular. Poetry is not a pop culture favorite. Now perhaps if one begins developing poetry on the subject of something popular who knows what would come of that.

  10. Thadrok profile image59
    Thadrokposted 6 years ago

    I don't think people generally get on their computer to search for poetry. Unless you target it more specifically like - original valentine's day poetry, poetry for greeting cards, men can write love poems too, christmas card poetry... Somehow make it useful for the typical user to find and read. Also, consider the SEO aspect of a typical poem. I haven't looked at your hubs but I'm guessing your hub titles are the titles of your poem, right? How often does that set of words get searched for - probably zero.

    That's my guess as to why poetry is relatively unpopular as far as internet searches go. Which is after all how HubPages gets most of its traffic.

    I don't consider HubPages an outlet for creativity in that sense. Hubs get found because they're written on a topic that is searched for by a large number of people. If you want a creative outlet with more readers consider a writer's forum or creative writing blog or something like that.

    Best wishes! Keep on writing!

  11. gg.zaino profile image83
    gg.zainoposted 5 years ago

    Why not so many? 
    Easy;Too many non intellectuals
    The question is,; where are the minds that can think?-
    and there are far too few men and women of true sight-
    True poetry is only for the wise and those who are willing
    to listen ito ts wisdom passed down from the greatness .
      Let the  eyes and ears of the wise truly listen to he mind of the Universe.....
    there is only poetry!