Personal, Pleasing, Perfect Poetry

Day 16 – “P” Poetry

Poetry was one of the first types of creative writing I partook in when I started scribbling away as a young’un. Journaling provided me an outlet to vent about how unfair it was that I was sent to sit in the corner while my sister played silently with her Erector Set, a devious smile on her face (something that makes my blood boil to this day…). Writing stories and plays allowed me to be expressive and detailed, fully developing imaginative worlds and characters.

As a kid, poetry gave me the opportunity to tune into my creative side, topics including: the fairies living in the hazelnut tree, my dead fish, my dead bird, anger towards my parents, my best friend, and of course, my countless crushes and loves. My teenage poetry got distinctively more moody and depressing, I suppose this is quite normal for a angsty teen who had no clue what she wanted to do with her life and viewed the world as being ever against her. I started to enjoy the limitations and restrictions that comes with poetry, forcing me to be as expressive as possible within a (usually self-imposed) set of guidelines.

As an adult, I find that writing poetry is a different kind of release all together, allowing me to be intimately raw and vulnerable, while at the same time, descriptive, creative, and lyrical. I feel that my best poetry either stems from observations or intense emotions. Experiences and observations that struck a chord deep within me brings about vivid, descriptive poetry; whether the inspirations be a chance encounter with a fascinating individual, a glorious summer day, a swim in a snow-melt lake, or an evening of intimacy and ecstasy.

On the flip side, strong and intense emotions (typically incredibly happy or ridiculously frustrated and upset) prove to bring about my most honest and exposed writing. These are the poems I’m always hesitant to post because of how deeply personal they are. But, isn’t that one of the signs of a good writer? When your writing is true and real to the point that it elicits and stirs some feeling or emotion in your readers? That is what I strive for, to touch my readers in some way.

Why do you write poetry? What is your favorite type of poetry to write? To read?


13 thoughts on “Personal, Pleasing, Perfect Poetry

  1. I adore poetry but don’t write it myself. I enjoy many types but really love those which express deep emotion, I also like those depicting descriptive landscapes. I studied Wordworth, Tennyson and Browning for examination purposes years ago but also read more modern works. A bit of a vague answer from a non-poet, I’m afraid. I can understand what you mean about revealing your own deep emotions to the world, though.My daughter (afairymind) feels the same when she posts some of her poems.

  2. Poetry is vital to the creative process — there is lyricism, beauty, and depth in such a wonderful form. I love to read it, can’t really write it, though. Nothing but admiration for the poetic type.

  3. I just had a conversation about how through my writing I am able to show who I truly am. In person I sound dumb as bricks, give me a pen and paper and am less so lol that is why I started the new series on my blog. To actually get my honest feelings out. As far as writing my poems I just wing it. My favorite to read are vignettes if that counts. Have a great weekend!

  4. Like you my first writing attemps were with poetry. I used to write poems when I lived in France. Somehow, however, I find poetry more intimely tied to our mother language and I’ve never tried to write poems in English. Good post for letter P. See you soon with letter Q.

  5. I love poetry because of the emotion, honesty, and description. Also all the things it doesn’t have to be: complete sentences, a full story. I feel the most raw, vulnerable and honest when I write poetry. Not that I’m not those things when I write prose, but prose requires other considerations. Poetry is about intuition more than any other form.

  6. I love poetry too. Writing it, reading it. True that sometimes the really personal ones are difficult to share, but those can also be the ones that really resonate with readers. I liked your musings in your post!

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