Growing up, I loved writing, and when it came to poetry, I took after a couple of my family members and excelled in it. At that time, I figured poetry had to rhyme and have reason behind it, so that’s how I started but figured out soon after, it didn’t have to rhyme but to have reason makes it stronger and sometimes people can identify with something that is realistic. I never did go the extra mile and try to get my poetry published like some of my family members have, but I did obviously continue writing (here I am now) and even though it isn’t sharing poetry, I still kept the love for writing with me all these years. In the past I had some favorite poets for different reasons, some still my favorites, such as: Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes. In school we read Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry as well, and we had to analyze the meaning behind his words used in his poems — it was not easy to do because his writing was much more complicated to me and sometimes hard to understand fully. I suppose now if I were to read over his work and think about the meaning, I’d still have problems possibly because I find his writing a lot to take in. The beautiful thing about poetry is it can be a style that fits the writer, it allows for creativity, it gives you sense of talking through words, it opens doors for emotional appeal, it gives a sense of adventure within the the writing and it can be about anything.
For those of you who consider yourself poets, what is the appeal to poetry that hooked you? what are some of your favorite poets & does your poetry resemble their work? And if you wish, you may leave a link to a piece of your work and I will in turn read it and leave a comment 🙂
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