Writing Tip: Let Your Poetry Be Open To Interpretation

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Poetry is all about the reader’s experience. You may have an idea in mind that you wish to convey, and they may have a similar experience to you that the poem reminds them of, or they may feel particularly affected by your poetry in the way that you desired. Your reader may also react in a way you did not imagine – with a memory of something important to them or an alternate emotion, based on an image or a word that you have used. One of the most wonderful things about poetry is that it can be open to interpretation.

This is something you should use when you are writing. Allowing people to interpret your poetry does not mean that you need to be less specific when you are writing. If there is a subject you really feel you need to write about (and there are many out there), then go ahead and write about it as passionately as you are able. You can be as specific or as obscure as you wish, providing your creation allows people to interpret it in their own way.

Use poetic devices in order to leave your poetry open to interpretation. Simile and metaphor are excellent ways to conjure imagery that can affect people. The senses will allow them to experience it and can help to create emotions. Building upon these emotions can provide your reader with their own understanding as well as yours, granting them their own opportunities to interpret the words.  By allowing your poetry to be open to interpretation, you include your readers and their own experiences in that work.

Written by: Laura Clark

* 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 her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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