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How did you know when your poetry really "took off" and that you would be writin

  1. Diane Woodson profile image61
    Diane Woodsonposted 5 years ago

    How did you know when your poetry really "took off" and that you would be writing more.

    Do you like poetry writing more than writing prose? and why?


  2. chef-de-jour profile image98
    chef-de-jourposted 5 years ago

    What an interesting question! I like both but find the challenge of condensing language into a rich poetic form irresistible.
    If prose is the equivalent to 'small talk' in real life then poetry is the opposite! Prose is the everyday hotchpotch of all sorts of words but poetry is a quest, a specialist operation where the right word in the right place is the goal - or should be. Often poetry is inspired by personal reactions and feelings whereas prose is more of an objective type of thing.
    As a Drama and English teacher I'm always on the look out for unusual, beautiful and powerful poems and prose I can use as learning materials so have a vested interest in both. The genre of prose poetry which is a mix of the two I'm not so sure about!

    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am pretty sure you misunderstood what I meant, poetry vs prose which do you like best as far as wrting  and when did you know your writing took off so to speak? Thanks and this is a good answer not the one I was driving at though, Thanks!

  3. Simba73 profile image73
    Simba73posted 5 years ago

    I realised that I would be writing a lot more when I started to gat relief from expressing my inner most worries, thoughts and wishes in writing form.
    I don't know about it taking off , or in which way you mean so if you mean when I started to write more the answer for myself is as above, if you mean when my work started to get a lot of readers, well to be honsest I don't know if my work has been read at a level where I would say my works are popular, Although I do moderate on a poetry website, after the team reading my work they thought that I would suit the role.
    I think the most important thing about poetry is not from the rewards or praise you may recieve from others, but the reward you get when you think you have wrote something good, like when you read your piece for the first time after writing it. I think we all know that feeling smile

  4. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    Hi Diane. Almost all of my poems as a hub are inclusive with writing something - fiction, fact, explanation, etc. I have a series of hubs where many I explore the what, where, why, when, who, how and how much that poem came into being.

    I also use poetry in almost all of my fiction stories. I use it to emphasize with. I kinda' was influenced by Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and other authors who used that technique.


    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks this is a really great answer!

  5. Ky4KeithUrban profile image60
    Ky4KeithUrbanposted 5 years ago

    I can not write poetry I do good to think of a next hub to do..

    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great news I hope to see it here when ever you write it!!

  6. Beata Stasak profile image82
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    Poetry in words and images helps me to express myself more clearly and also more freely, I have my own unique style, that somehow is the best fitting to lead my imagination in the right direction....the path is created and I just follow and my followers follow me:)

    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We all have differing options and I think thats what makes our writing so special...Thanks for your comment.

  7. Darrylmdavis profile image80
    Darrylmdavisposted 5 years ago

    I think I always wanted to "write more" even when I was a teenager, even though I got "serious" only relevantly more recently. But I think that it tends to work in the opposite way from you've described: you have to decide to "write more" before things can possibly "take off" to any degree. And I think that underlines that - in the end - most of us do write for ourselves. Without making that first series of steps, you cannot take off...you cannot develop your skills and style, let alone a following.

    As for prose vs poetry, I believe people make too much of a distinction between the two: Wiki Answers offers a high-level distinction between the two as being the following: "Prose is language that has as its primary goal the sharing of information. Poetry has as its primary goal the use of language itself as music." I think this distinction assumes classical poetry forms with strict measures, beats and rhyme patterns, though, and is outdated. I would say, though, that poetry has some sort of structure to it (and the basis of that structure could a variety of things, including everyday speech patterns). As I prefer my own poetry to be assessible to the reader and reflective of the everyday world we live in (I don't know anyone who speaks in sonnets ;-) ), I would place myself in the "prose camp".

  8. RJ Schwartz profile image93
    RJ Schwartzposted 2 years ago

    I do both and frequently find that one helps with the other.  Prose can be a daunting challenge sometimes as compared to poetry where freedom rules the roost. I find that prose keeps me sharp with my grammar and organizational skills, which translate nicely into some of my longer poems through keeping my "story" flowing as I try to carry my reader to an actual ending point  Also there are just some topics which take thousands of words and poetry cannot get my message across.  Prose stirs my emotions and gives me ideas on poems.  Symbiotic circle indeed.
    Blessed be !

    1. Beata Stasak profile image82
      Beata Stasakposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I write on a spur of moment if something or someone around me inspires me, smile. I used to write long pieces and lead a reader to the poignant end but readers are pressed for time today and spoilt by too many quick amusements, shorter better for me.