Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Write Like a Poet!

FYI "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
is my all-time favorite love poem.

It's the end of National Poetry Month, and I think it's worth reading what some of the great poets have said in order to help get inspired for our own writing. Because, really,  Baudelaire nailed it. All writing should aspire to be poetry. Tight. Aware of the way consonants and vowels roll off the tongue. A composed rhythm of sentences. A picture of life that makes us see the eternal truths in life. So here we go... :)

Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
John Keats

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
W.B. Yeats

Always be a poet, even in prose.
Charles Baudelaire


  1. You should add to this list by seeing what today's teens would have to say about poetry.

  2. Ooooh...good call. Maybe I'll have to use that as my topic for my next "Curious Lives of Teenagers" post.