Poetry is Play

I’m almost finished my second semester of my second attempt of college, and it can’t be understated how happy I am about learning the craft of writing. I’m nearly complete the Introduction to Creative Writing (a prerequisite for everything wonderful) and have learned something very valuable about writing poetry.

When writing non-fiction, even creative non-fiction, there are rules. Not hard and fast rules, but rules. You can break them, but it’s generally awkward to do so. For example, when you start a sentence, the rule is to begin with a capital letter. You can bend that rule in non-fiction or fiction, and you can break it too, but your writing would have to be pretty damn incredible to overpower how you blatantly ignore capitalizing the first letter of the first word in a new sentence.

 

But in poetry, you can do whatever the fuck you want.

 

Poetry is playtime for writers (a world without editors). There are no rules to break so the possibilities are endless. In poetry, the look of the words, the sound of the words, the feel of the words together     all of this matters just as much as what the words are, or what they mean.

I’m actively trying to write more poetry, and I think I’m going to take an advanced course down the line. I can’t help it, I’m a rule-breaker at heart.

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