Do you think that in this day and age someone can have a successful career writing poetry?
Perhaps it is possible, but not in the traditional way by actually selling poetry Could you combine poetry with music, art, or photography to create more interest without dilluting your artistic integrity?
If success is defined by being a great poet . Sure!
Then we all know what comes with greatness.
In any day and age, whatever you so desire sincerely,
you will go out and get it.
There are a least one of everything you can think about in life. Tons of poets born even this day.
Nahh , alot of people do not read poetry . and as a poet , you will never be famous until your dead , and now a days "Everyone " thinks they are a poet , hence the word , " dead poets scociety" lol thats when poets become famous , noone really notices them until then. And , just like the contest they have going , it isnt even "poetically correct" its like they made the rulkes as they went so that article writers could fit in somewhere , and thats why i gave up, no more contest entries for me. There are AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT WRITE , WHETHER POETRY OF BOOKS, NOVELS AND SUCH ... and in these times all you have to do is pay to be published , it isnt about how good anyone is anymore , but how much money you can sling out to get your next book published , I think im good , so does so and so and so and so , the only differance is , i want to get the book because i earned it not just payed for it , so , i'll probrably never have a book , because i wont pay for one myself . and thats all good
I very much doubt it. Not too many people read poetry nowadays. We live in the age of text messages. How many people read a book any more? How many know who Alfred Lord Tennyson is?
I've noticed that, in terms of getting successfully published and read, much hasn't really changed. What has changed is the opportunity for the average person to get their stuff out there. But, so far as becoming a successful poet like, say, Maya Angelou, it takes that something special in a person, a special message. And it always has.
By successful I mean is it possible to make a career out of it, and it does seem very unlikely which is sad because I think that poetry is beautiful and can take you on a trip and let you explore emotions or relate to anothers emotions. I do feel like I may be the last person in the world who does actually read books and this is also sad. Perhaps a career writing short stories or novels would be more realistic?
I would love this, but I have my doubts. Poetry doesn't seem as popular as other types of writing.
Successful? Sure. Lucrative? That's another story. Most poets these days also have another job, even the published ones. But how good your poetry is definitely matters! Even if you self-publish (pay someone to print your work), if your work is good, (some) people will buy it. If it's not, nobody will.
I hate to be a negative person in this...but there are so few that have made a living at poetry...I wrote and published and won several contests in poetry...but was always told by literary agents that poetry was not a seller. Sorry, I hope you are one of the lucky ones.
It may not become a career , but it can and maybe someday will inspire people and I think that is payment enough Although some poems could be turned into lyrics for a song and that could maybe become a career
I suppose it depends on success as your own definition. I have published 6 poetry books and have been lucky. I truly believe there is a real special target group for poetry, the trick is finding them, then finding a way to reach them
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