We’re all poets.
To say that anyone can write poetry may seem like I’m diminishing the creative art form as a craft of honor. But while I think there are pioneers and pillars to the poetic legacy, I also believe that anyone can find a strong, creative connection to self through the expressiveness of poetic writing.
It is said that the earliest forms of poetry predate written language, the oldest form of communication between humans. This rhythmic, symbolic, emotive, imaginative form of literature has been an integral part of our need to express our feelings and views for thousands of years.
Sidebar: Did you know the first poet in our world’s history was a woman? Pretty neat, isn’t it?
The need to write poetry was the first conscious habit I remember forming. By the time I was eight years old, trying to understand my human experience through poetics was innate to me.
So, I want to share some of my top poetry resources with you to simplify the process as you either dive in as a newbie or are looking to accelerate your craft.
Our Galaxy also has a list of 30 poetry prompts to get you started.
These resources will give you the tools to understand different types of poetic form, various poetic devices, and learn the appropriate vocabulary to help you understand how to structure a poem.
Remember, the essence of poetry is its freedom of creative innovation. Don’t ever feel locked into the rules and guidelines put out there for you. Some of the most influential writers are those who chose to go against the grain of convention.
I friggin’ love Masterclass for all writing and literature tools because they provide sound insight and advice from the world’s leading artists and influencers. But this particular Poetry 101 resource goes above and beyond to explain to you a bit about what poetry is, the most prominent poetic forms, and an introduction to different poetic devices.
What’s the difference between poetic form and poetic device, you ask? Well, poetic form refers to the general structure like a haiku, or a sonnet. A poetic device refers to the rhythmic or verbal tool you use to intensify your poem’s meaning or establish its creative image.
Many will argue about what’s considered a poetic form, but BookBub provides a great beginner’s overview, with examples, that introduce you to different structures and patterns of poetry that have been used throughout history. I’m sure you’ve heard of haikus and limericks, but what about odes, epics, and sonnets?
My personal favorite is the Villanelle, as I find the use of repetition to be heavily impactful, especially when performing poetry live.
Who knew ProWritingAid would be the source for an introduction to poetic devices, but they did not disappoint me. From devices of diction, rhythm, and meaning, gain some knowledge about tools like irony, hyperbole, and metaphor so you can incorporate them more fluidly in your writing.
I mean, the site even covers the use of punctuation in poetry which, in my opinion, is underused by most contemporary poets (including myself). Emily Dickinson would not be happy with me.
If you want to practice poetry as an art form, or at least familiarize yourself with what it is and how it is most often written, it’s important for you to know its history. How did it come to be in our society? Why was it written? Who was writing it? How has it stood the test of time? Where is it now?
This is a long-winded rabbit hole that I don’t think anyone can make their way down to the bottom of, but that’s the beauty of it. There’s always more to learn, to analyze and assess, to be part of.
According to my research, and I quote, “The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.” Consider browsing their website and learning more about their efforts in the poetry community.
They’ve got a magazine, membership, programs, prizes, and loads of other actionable ways to interact with other poets and writers who value the expressiveness of poetry.
If you’re a writer in any genre who hasn’t used Reedsy as one of your top resources, well, honestly, I don’t even know what to say. Head over there now and unleash your creative beast with all their goodness.
But this particular source is great because it gives you a brief, beginner’s overview about how you can start publishing your poetry to get more comfortable putting your work out there.
There are so many ways to gain exposure as a writer, and Our Galaxy Publishing works with authors to help them build their author platform through our marketing services, but do your research to understand the publishing process.
I was introduced to this article while taking a writing-intensive that focused on query letter and book proposal writing. Not only did it introduce me to new writers who I was so grateful I had the opportunity to discover, but it was validating to read more about the acceptance of rejection and how much it's a part of the publishing process.
While this particular resource isn’t crafted specifically for poetry, I love it because it’s written beautifully and provides a boatload of inspiring information for aspiring authors and poets who may feel reluctant to try in “fear of failure.”
I hope this guides you through new, enlightening experiences that drive fresh, creative ventures you may not have embarked on before. Share your work with Our Galaxy by tagging us on Instagram using the hashtag #galaxywriters and Facebook, we’d love to read and showcase new work by aspiring writers.
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Christine Weimer is a writer, publisher, and award-winning author from Queens, New York who co-founded Our Galaxy Publishing as the Editor-in-Chief to amplify women's voices in publishing. Her first poetry collection, Tainted Lionheart, won the Gold Medal Poetry Award for Readers’ Favorite 2021. She is currently writing the final installment of her poetic series and working on her MA in English while honing all the guts and glory of motherhood. Visit her personal blog here: amindfulwriter.com