It begins with an idea… a word sticks in your mind, becomes a metaphor; your muse whispers inspiration. You have to write it, but writing is a craft. How do you put down in words this idea in your mind? Does anyone want to read it? Will they understand what you mean? While we want to be original, we also want to be well versed in the craft of writing.
There is a wealth of information on the internet about writing. First, you must read and learn from other poets’ works– both classic and contemporary. Take classes, attend workshops at colleges or writers conferences, seek advice from published authors and check out the links provided below. Then proceed to writing your own poetry! And remember, poets are famous for breaking the rules.
Author Links – Author bios and link
The Academy of American Poets – a list of the most popular contemporary poets
Poetry Daily – Great resource of poems from various journals
“Blurbs of Wisdom” Poetry Free For All index to everything you need to know about writing poems–meter, rhythm, figurative languages, modifiers, line and stanza breaks, images, symbolism, critiques, rewriting, etc… Don’t be scared off by the strange warning at the top of these pages; the information is great!
The Craft of Poetry (Great site)
ENGL 310: Modern Poetry -Yale course
Writing.com Avoiding cliches and abstractions
What are the forms of poetry? Form is the category or genre of a poem, such as sonnet, haiku, cinquain, sestina, villanelle and ballade.
Poetic Asides – a list of poetic forms
The Poet’s Garret – all about various forms
Minimalist poetry – overview
Prose vs. Poetry What is the difference?
GLOSSARY OF POETIC TERMS – from Bob’s Byway
WORD CHOICE HELP
The Elements of Style by William Strunk – Rules for word usage, composition, form, commonly misused and misspelled words.
Annenberg’s “Literary Visions” series of helpful videos for poetry, fiction, drama and literature
Poet’s Corner – Resource of poems and poets
Rhyme Zone find a rhyming word quickly
Poetry Rhyming Dictionary – find a rhyming word by # of syllables