Writing Tip: Poetry: Know your Purpose
There will always be a reason behind what you are writing. Sometimes, poetry is as simple as celebrating the ordinary and everyday. It does not always have to be concerned with epic adventures or glorious renditions of love. The purpose of a poem can be grand or small.
When you write poetry, your purpose is projected onto the page. Do you want to recognize the beauty in something that most people think nothing of? The beauty of your favorite food or drink; the beauty of coming home after work or school every day to a loving family; the beauty of merely celebrating who you are. All of these things are worthy topics to focus on: you don’t have to write a deep piece of poetry in order to present a meaningful purpose.
On the other hand, your purpose could be much larger and bolder. You might want to highlight something you believe is wrong with society or something that people are not comfortable with talking about so that your readers might take notice of these issues. Or, you might want to celebrate a great national or international event, commemorate a special day, or remember a moment in history. Again, you can encourage your readers to think about these things when they read your poem. Writing poetry with a purpose does not mean that you need a powerful message hidden between the lines. It can be obvious in its simplicity, and your subjects can be widespread. Your purpose, whether personal or otherwise, can really help your poem to stand out.
Written By: Laura Marie Clark
About the Author
Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/
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