Where to Find Poetic Inspiration
The beauty of poetry itself portrays everything— even the insignificant things— so beautifully through stitching figures of speech together. Poetry muses can hit poets by random. That's the thing about poetry; it knows no limits, no restrictions; it is everywhere. The meditative process you go through composing good poetry is another reason for many to love and adore this writing.
When you start your poetry writing career, there's an overflow of creativity. However, the flow of creative juices is not constant. It's easy to fall into negative thought patterns and writing slump. It is a common struggle even for the famous poets out there. So, what do you do when the flow ends? The answer is to find inspiration. There are times in our lives that affect us badly, leaving you craving for it to be restored before you can continue again. Inspiration fuels every poet's creativity, helping them catch that flow again. But where? To make it easier for you, this article lays out all the places that will help unlock your creativity and have you off to poetry bliss.
Your own experience, emotions, and feelings are the best place to start when finding inspiration. Your hopes, fears, and joys may not seem to mean a lot, but they can help inspire you through your own actions and situations. Poetry can be easy when you are in love, sad, or angry. All the emotions you have will flow like the ocean, deep and wild. It oozes from your skin, even when you don't want to. Therefore, explore the depths of your mind, heart, and soul and let that method work for you. For example, Jaime Fidler's intense emotions on Jaime's Inspirations book show the inspiration behind them that it translated amazingly on her poems.
When you look at the sea, trees, flowers, or a piece of litter, you find poetry in all of them. From then 'till now, nature is still the constant muse for all the greats. If you deem this entity as dull with no aspect to explore anymore due to overuse, you're wrong. A lot of poets can write about nature, and that is through going beyond the conventional idea of nature. You need to open your eyes to the many possibilities. There is sure wisdom to be sought in looking at something that connects multiple forms of life.
When you're off to places, you can meet and bump many people. We are all built differently, a unique work of art. So, taking a look at those people around you can harbor interesting conclusions. This act helps you decipher that human being as a person. Deeply looking at them beyond their outer appearance enables you to see the truth and sincerity in who they are. A human being is a fascinating subject matter. You can focus on many aspects of that person, from small unique mannerisms to facial expressions that can be easily overlooked.
Just like how your poetry leaves a unique imprint on your work, visual and auditory arts do the same. The artists behind the many works of music, paintings, and artifacts each bring the world they imagine to life. And because of this, their work is a medium of imagination and expression. It becomes something to interpret for you and many. So, take the time to appreciate and decipher the artist's message, which can help you gain poetic inspiration.
Reading older and renowned poets' works can serve as a rich source of inspiration. Whether you fancy it be a collection of poetry or Instagram poetry, it will fuel your creativity. Moreover, reading outside your comfort zone will inspire you as well as expand your horizons and understanding. Keep in mind; plagiarism is a grave sin for authors. Instead, take the message of your favorite line and develop something of your own.
When all else fails, you're sure to find poetic inspiration in writing prompts. These writing prompts are all over the internet. You can find at least hundreds of poetry prompts in just a single query on your search engine. These writing prompts are shared on the internet by other poets to help you as they, too, struggle with a lack of inspiration.
In essence, poetic inspiration can arise anywhere, at any time. It can be stimulated by imagery, sensation, and so much more despite it not being beautiful in the conventional sense. Moreover, what is important when seeking out inspiration is not what causes the inspiration but the results that end up on your paper. What may seem a little silly may allow you to create even more interesting poems.
How Not to Write Poetry
We all enjoy a bit of poetry every now and then. The way a single stanza can be so beautiful, rhythmic, and meaningful all at once. So, it’s no wonder that many pursue writing poems. It is such a personal undertaking that excites any poet, even readers. Many find poems truly amazing to read as most find them resonating, making them feel a certain way and giving them a different perspective. Writing poetry is a fulfilling creative venue as you can express yourself in a poem. It might seem that writing poems is as easy as writing what comes to mind. However, this has been found by many as the hardest form of creative writing to master. There are so many rules and, at the same time, no rules all in a single stanza.
Poetry is more than just a form of literature that uses aesthetics and rhythm. It is one thing to connect with readers on a deeper level, provoking thoughts and emotions they never knew lies within them. It is about getting creative and exploratory on topics from the heart and mind. How poetry operates on multiple, complex levels yet speaks in a fresh, brave, and honest voice is what makes it a difficult undertaking.
Despite the challenges poetry has in store, if you are still interested in learning how to nail this art form, then there are certain things you must not do when it comes to poetry writing.
Obsessing over Making It a Good Poem
What makes a good poem? This has been a question that poets keep asking and will continue asking for years to come. Honestly, there is no way to identify if the poem is good or bad. As long as someone reads your poem, feels something stir inside, then you’ve written a good poem. If you obsess on this question, you’ll be stuck on the first line. You might not have exactly the right words to start your poem, but don’t give up. Just keep on writing because you might not know it, but you’ve already written a good one. Go away from this poem for a few days and focus on different things. Then go back, and you might find it the best one you’ve written.
Using Abstract Words
Poems tend to narrate ideas through abstract conceptions. While it is not a bad thing, using abstract words can mix up the point you want to share with readers. Readers can have their own definition of the abstract words. For example, you want to convey the emotion of love. Love is something that one cannot feel or touch. That is why you must use concrete words to show abstract concepts. Concrete words describe ideas with readers’ senses in a thought-provoking way. These words help readers get a “picture” of what the poem is talking about.
Using the ABAB Rhyme Scheme Repeatedly
Rhyme is an important aspect in writing poems. As a newbie in writing poems, you might find yourself rhyming every ending word of the verse—this the ABAB rhyme scheme, the most common pattern, and an overused one. There is no problem following this scheme, but repeatedly using it on every poem you write will make it clichéd. Many poets use this scheme which resulted in poems that sound forced. There are plenty of rhyming schemes you can explore, all of which can be searched up on the internet. Mastering the varying types of rhyme beyond the ABAB scheme will improve your poetry writing techniques. You will also create a more sophisticated style of poem that can be smoothly read and understood by readers.
If you don’t know your destination, how can you get there? This goes the same as writing poetry. How can you write a good poem when you don’t know what message you want to share. Wandering thoughts can confuse readers, therefore not getting the idea, emotion, or feeling you want to evoke. So, before you begin, ask yourself what you want your poem to do. Does it explore a personal experience? How does summer make you feel? Or, how does this person give you hope? Gather your thoughts, arrange them, and form a path that your reader will follow.
Take Poet Jaime Fidler’s poem Present Memories from Jaime’s Inspirations: Poems from the Heart and Mind as an example of a poem with a clear goal.
It hurts me as I blink
Look at myself in the mirror
It smacks me in the face
The past and the future
To the loneliness I feel
Which prison do I see
As I walk slowly
Through my memories
Walking down the aisle
To nothing at all
It hurts me inside
No one else sees it at all
To the feelings I feel
When you look upon my face
The love that I lost
The love I defaced
Reading through her words will immediately evoke the emotion of sadness or regret. You can identify how she explores the feeling towards someone from the past.
There are plenty more things you must not do when writing poetry and this is only half of it. But, regardless, this is a good start to your writing career.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.