How to Improve Your Poetry Skills | Writing Forward

These tips will help you improve your poetry skills so you can evolve as a serious poet.

Source: How to Improve Your Poetry Skills | Writing Forward


  1. I’m on the fence about some of the advice. How does one know if the poetry one is reading is good, worthy of emulation. The classics?
    What came first, the poem or the form?
    Reading about how haiku came from Renga did not change my haiku.
    I would also encourage people to avail themselves of free MOOCs like Modern Poetry from Yale here: for an academic perspective. Aldo, Coursers & NovoEd.

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    1. I hoped this post would create some dialog. If a piece of prose (poetry) speaks to me and makes me feel something, I consider it good. In college, I loved the idea of free form and how those words are as powerful as the classics. Our words need to speak to our readers. Rap music is and sounds like poetry to me. I’m sure by proper definition it doesn’t fit but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good or doesn’t touch us. I will check out your link. ❤


      1. And I think Rap does fit the definition, but I like very little of it. Slam poetry doesn’t do it for me either. It’s like a movie is to a good book. When I read a poem I am invested in it emotionally. When I see Performance Art, I’m distracted, can’t let go of my left brain and just experience and enjoy it.
        I just think it’s SOOOO subjective and all that “learn the right way,” rubs me as exclusionary elitism.
        I hope you get more dialogue than my tired diatribe. 😁

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        1. LOL! Some of the early rap was pure poetry. I don’t abide the nasty stuff. I only wanted to share and agree with you that if the words move us, they can be poetry or poetic. BTW, I can’t get your link to work. It downloads but won’t let me into the classes. 😦


          1. Well the course is the best. Took last year’s. Mostly I enjoyed the reading required & recommended. The lectures were okay. Hard to appreciate sometimes. Enjoy.

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          2. Excellent! Thank you. I took a similar class at Montana State University, “British Literature.” We went into great detail on the poets. One of my favorite classes ever. Thanks again for the amazing link!


          3. Ha, Ha! If I could have gone to college for free full-time, I’d still be there cramming for tests! 😀

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      1. Well, I’m slightly sad about the leaves disappearing, but not all that sad. I really like fall (probably my favorite season) and I don’t mind spring. There are lots of nice festivals and, most important of all, no mosquitoes! 🙂


        1. Hey, this comment does it belong here! I wrote it in reply to a completely different post! I’m so sorry that it ended up here. I genuinely have no idea how that happened. It’s all true, though. I really do like fall. 🙂

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