I always thought that poets were the coolest people in the world. I decided to be one. Like the result of most of the things I try doing, I failed at it. I started writing a poetry blog a few years back only to realize I was awful. If you are like me, confused about if you should continue writing poetry, you will find the ‘reasons why I can’t write poetry’ relatable.
1.I CAN explain my poems
The defining characteristic of a poem is that you can’t explain in any other way. You are just supposed to feel. Surely, I do feel my poems (although, I have an emotional range of a teaspoon), I can tell you what each and every line means. Whatever, I express in my poetry, I can express by the means of prose as well. Thus, my poems aren’t really poems.
2. I only know how to rhyme
I don’t understand how people can write poetry that doesn’t have a very clear rhyming scheme. For me, poems are just lines whose last words rhyme. These people are some geniuses or something. If I start writing a poem that doesn’t rhyme, it will just end up being an essay. In this sense, I don’t write poems, I write rhymes.
3. I don’t feel a supernatural intervention while writing poetry
Writing poetry is described as an utmost delicate process. Poets fascinate me and thus after reading about their lives, I have concluded that they all have one thing in common and that is: their source of inspiration cannot be described in mundane terms. They experience a paranormal push towards their writing process. And as irrational as this sounds, I believe that it is true. Because it happens to me when I am thinking about certain things. I feel a certain “creative spirit” enters me which helps me how to approach a calculus problem or continue a fictional situation I am building. But I don’t feel anything as such while writing poetry.
Despite these shortcomings, I thoroughly enjoy writing poetry (which is not poetry really) and that is why I continue to write.
Moral Lesson from Stuti: We may be bad at a lot of things, but as long as we enjoy these things, we should ignore the criticism, self and external alike.
I encourage you to not give up on poetry. Let’s be bad poets together and someday we’ll form an “Alive Poets Society”.