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Poetry as a genre, by its very nature, is an interpretive form of creative writing. Some people consider themselves to be poets by performing to or writing their thoughts on paper. 

 

Many people have tinkered with the idea of becoming a poet, but have stopped themselves for various reasons. Some are afraid they will fail at it or be the subject of fun. There are also people who have a poetic soul but who don’t publish their work. They just keep it to themselves and write for an audience of one. For those who aspire to be a published poet, there are some tips that might help them along their journey. 

 

Many bookstores and coffee shops will open their doors for poetry slams, where hopeful poets will have the chance to share their musings with others. This is also a great way to network with other poets in your area and get tips or inspiration from them. 

 

There are many different poetry styles and it helps to be well-versed in many of them before deciding on what type you want to follow. Sometimes starting small is a good idea so you don’t get too overwhelmed at first. Haikus are three-line stanzas that have a 5/7/5 syllable count. The theme is generally about simplicity and the beauty of nature. Acrostic poems are also short and relatively simple. Each line begins with a letter that ultimately spells out a name, vertically. The poem is related to the spelt word. In addition, don’t be afraid to use tools like a thesaurus or dictionary. There is nothing wrong with getting help and it doesn’t make your poetry any less pure. 

 

When you’re ready to go broader, try telling a story with your poem. There are a number of styles that can help. Free verse poems can be easy or hard, depending on how much you rely on a structure as a writer. They don’t follow a pattern or formula, they are more improvisational by nature. The longer types of poetry get more advanced. Epics tell a story and are usually focused on an adventure or a protagonist. Ballads, like Epics, also tell a story, but they are often based on folklore or legend. Sometimes the end with a moral or lesson. Perhaps the hardest type of poetry to write, let alone interpret, is the 14-line iambic pentameter of a Shakespeare sonnet.