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Is it necessary to follow absolute poetic standards when when writing poetry?

  1. Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image81
    Ian Dabasori Hetrposted 5 years ago

    Is it necessary to follow absolute poetic standards when when writing poetry?

  2. vtwilli profile image74
    vtwilliposted 5 years ago

    I do not believe that it is. Poetry is an expression of self. People come from so many different backgrounds and cultures; they way we speak define us. Our work takes on our persona when we apply it to paper. My work is very different and my lyrical style changes. t greatly depends on my mood and the image I want to express.

  3. Rosemay50 profile image79
    Rosemay50posted 5 years ago

    No I don't think so. I believe very few stick to the true formats nowadays.  I often change my style depending on my mood and the theme of the poem. We write what comes from the heart and that to me at least is the most important aspect of poetry

  4. Made profile image60
    Madeposted 5 years ago

    I don't think so either. I write poetry just the way I want.

  5. The Demon Writer profile image67
    The Demon Writerposted 5 years ago

    Poetry is about expression. You can write structured poems with strict rhyme schemes or you can write free verse or stream of consciousness. No style is better than any other. So long as you feel you have expressed yourself then it doesn't matter if your  following any absolute poetic standards. That is not what poetry is about and it is certainly not necessary to be a good poet.

  6. Hayley Richardson profile image83
    Hayley Richardsonposted 5 years ago

    If you understand the stylistic conventions and deliberately choose to ignore them then I think that is fine.  However, poetry is a craft and it doesn't hurt to study successful poets and learn from them.  The correct form and rhythm will compliment your message.

  7. Diana Lee profile image83
    Diana Leeposted 5 years ago

    It depends on the poet. Poetic standards show strength to the flow in ways free verse doesn't. Nowadays both are considered art if the expression of thoughts are understandable. I like rhyme and rhythm, but I try not to be restricted to it if the meaning I'm trying to express is missing.

  8. ytsenoh profile image88
    ytsenohposted 5 years ago

    This is a really good question.  I think language is an art of expression and the formulation of words can also be an art form.  I studied poetry and its forms and historical writers.  I think it serves as a value to know those forms and styles and types--it's information that's good.  Even though I used to write with the knowledge I had learned, which was a delightful challenge, I prefer free verse.  I think it's good to know the characteristics of past poetry and to know the historical poets if you want to become a serious poet for successful gain, i.e., T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and the list goes on and on.  It's also interesting to study how poetry evolved through all the periods.  I think for a person to say, "I'm a poet," and has no awareness of any poetry history, can become a more informed poet by studying the different past standards and methods.  Sorry for the monologue, I have a hard time just saying yes or no to a question.

  9. Browneesorchids profile image71
    Browneesorchidsposted 5 years ago

    I love having my own structure to my poems. I base my structuring on the way the poem feels when I write it and how I want it to be portrayed or read. Prose poetry is my favorite because it has no particular or set rules on how your poems are to be written, typed, and constructed. Have fun and enjoy your poems, do whatever you feel as your are putting the lines together and allow others to be inspired by your words and individuality that it brings.

  10. snigdhal profile image60
    snigdhalposted 5 years ago

    I dont believe that one has to follow absolute poetic standards , since people everywhere right poetry to express themselves .

    Having said that  , like every other skill or passion in the world ,learning the ins and outs of your passion will only help your skills grow and give you more avenues to explore should you feel like it . So no its not necessary but it could be helpful smile

  11. BlossomSB profile image91
    BlossomSBposted 5 years ago

    We have the choice, but it is good to know about the traditional styles and it can be a good discipline to try to write within those confines. Free verse is good, too, but sometimes it can be too free and become prolonged and untidy and not so pleasurable to read.

  12. Beata Stasak profile image84
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    I have try to study different approaches and practise writing following well established formulas and standards and it just didn't feel right to me and I decided to do with writing what I do with my parenting and teaching, follow my intuition and my heart...now I write my poetic pieces to the beat of my heart, maybe not everyone would call it poetry in the standard way, but it feels 'just right' to me...

  13. Lamar Johns profile image69
    Lamar Johnsposted 5 years ago

    No I don't think so. Poetry itself has no concise form, only possible ways to approach the art. In other words, what works for others may not work for you. Still, as others have mentioned, learning other forms and methods from different poets wont hurt either.

  14. tillsontitan profile image90
    tillsontitanposted 5 years ago

    I think it is up to the writer.  "Poetic license" allows you to choose your own format but staying close to the norm is not a bad idea.  Originality in poetry or any writing is always a good thing.