Why Do You Write Poetry?

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There is an eclectic mix of writers coming into the café since its opening. One of the jobs of the Baristas, as well as serving great coffee and cakes, is to find out more about the people creating the vibes. Today I want to delve a little deeper and am asking the question, “why do you write poetry?”

Shakespeare, according to some sources, wrote part of his poetry to supplement his income when plague closed the London theatres and stopped the performances of his plays. William Wordsworth’s poetry grew from his love and obsession with his childhood and nature.

When I ponder the question, it is difficult to place the answer in a few words so I wrote this piece to express my thoughts.

Fragments are scattered across the glass table,
Their fragility enticing order.
There are no completed pictures
For guidance, only part read
Manuals cluttering dusty shelves.

No one has worked out the
Exact number of pieces and
Most attempts to fathom are fleeting.

Those remaining, experience
The slice of the scalpel, opening
To the core and laying
Them bare to investment.

When the puzzle is solved,
Poetry dies.

Why do you write poetry? Let’s get a conversation going in the café. We would love to read your thoughts.

58 thoughts on “Why Do You Write Poetry?

  1. I really really love this poem Mr D!
    It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?
    I think a lot of poets would agree, that we write poetry because we can’t help it.
    And it’s so musical really, another facet to musicality perhaps.
    Plus, personally, I seem to have some slight ADHD issues and I work hard to focus, but I really do love the challenge of trying to say a lot in few words.
    And I am drinking some wine, so I think I will stop there 🙂 you know, to work on a poem…

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  2. I love your poem as well Davy. I agree with Vanessa– I write poetry because. . . I have to. It is the inner voice of my conscious and unconscious minds rising to the surface and erupting out of me. I learn something new about myself every time I write a piece of poetry– new truth is revealed. There is a freedom to the form that I don’t find with other types of writing. There is rhythm like a heartbeat to it. Like the hum in my blood become voice.

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  3. I write poetry because I cannot imagine my life not doing so. It allows me to articulate that which I have difficulty verbally articulating. It allows my chaotic mind some structure. Writing and words soothes the inner beast.

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  4. Okay, this question is Amazing. Until few months ago, I have never wrote a piece of poetry or read one. So when I decided to write a particular piece, I noticed something is different, that it is not just a writing, but a poem. That’s when I understood, when I express my thoughts, they take the form of prose, precise, filled with logic. When I try to express my feelings, they take the form of poetry, exaggerated and exciting. To be honest, that’s how I feel everything, dramatic! So I think poetry is the best form for me to express my raw feelings rather the exact thoughts. It’s true I feel for the taste of writing poetry, so I do it for fun, but I could never write some true facts as poetry, unless I inject some emotion or passion of my own. So I write poetry, because nothing can truly bring my feelings out. Thank you for the great question.

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  5. I love this poem and all the discussion. I would say that poetry chose me. I have always loved words and writing and ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer but I decided very early that I wasn’t good enough. Then when I was incarcerated very early on I started writing to very literally keep from losing my mind. And now it has become a challenge and a focus and the community is amazing which also is a huge benefit.

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  6. Fun to read everyone’s responses here. Poetry is so very personal because it is emotions and feelings whether real or imagined. One reason I started writing is because there was so much more to me than anyone else saw, but the only outlet for it (at the time) was on the page where anonymous readers could come to know me. Oh, I could go on and on about this. Love the question and certainly adore the poem you crafted.

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    • Thank you Midwest Fantasy, I am pleased that writing poetry has provided that outlet for you. Poetry does show another deeper side to us and provides a space for expressing our thoughts, feelings and desires.

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  7. This was an amazing post Mr D! I think you were totally inspired here and those few lines but said so much about what really makes you the person, the man, the human in his skin he is comfortable to wear. I loved your poem for its sincere and strong words. Though the last line jarred me a little, but in a way after some thought that could be when someone stops writing altogether. As I said a very inspired post! I only started writing poetry since starting this blog, truth! i had always written stories but somehow in the process of getting my feelings out, to help me heal, words took on their own form, they asked to be shorter and more melodic, to say less but convey more, I got caught up in a stream of unconscious writing I would say! Then I reaslised there were poetry formats and that appealed to the logical scientific side of me (work as a physicist keeps a person tied to formula and equation!) and poetry became a fluid dance of words within my heart that my head had no control over. So that is why I write poetry, it appeals to the logical yet softer side of my nature, unlike the stories I write which can be darker and meaner!! I enjoyed reading everyone’s response! I hope to come back again and comment on their comments!

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    • Thank you Gina and it was a pleasure to get the conversation started. I enjoyed reading your response and how the scientific side of you flows into your poetry. The way you have described how you came to write poetry suggests there is poetry in all of us and we can discover the best way to release it. Poetry is different for all of us and so glad you are able to share yours.

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    • Thank you for writing this Eugenia. It captures the mind of a poet perfectly. Lots of thoughts bombarding the mind and then the need to get it out somewhere. Thank you for the poem and dedication, it is appreciated, and I will give it pride of place in the post next Thursday.

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  9. Davy. Your poem is concise and its depth is so thought-provoking. I can but outline my own perception of your question. In my youth I wrote rather a lot of verse – the spontaneous expression of my feelings – mainly on the agonies of young love. Then ‘life’, family, work, subsumed all else, got in the way I suppose, and I seemed to cease to have time for writing poetry, although reading poems remained a joy. I gave the creative side little thought. Now I am retired, older, old even, I do have time for contemplation, and now, again, the desire to express myself in poetry has returned and consumes my time. Why? … I am still unsure, but something inside me needs to get out, and language, in the form of silent words, is how I choose to express myself. I suppose I am, with Wordsworth, allowing “emotion recollected in tranquility”, its head. But, with the freedom of the spirit, ‘anything goes’, and poetic thought is heightened, but not constrained, by form. The struggle to be both worthy and meaningful remains, but, for me, is an imperative. Wordsworth’s ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’ is part of it. The spontaneity is not always there, but I know that when it is, the best results seem to appear.

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    • Thank you for your insightful response to the question Roland. I agree with your comments about Wordsworth and think as we get older there is always a inner voice waiting to be heard and expressed. For Wordsworth it was his love for his childhood and the beauty of the nature he was surrounded by. I also agree with your thoughts around spontaneity. Some of the best poetry is that which hits you when you least expect it to.

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  10. Growing up abused by my father, I never really had a voice of my own. However poetry was an outlet I could always utilize without experiencing the fear of talking to him. It was a voice I didn’t have to worry about being immediately shut down. I think this goes for all genres of writing, but poetry can be interpreted in different ways and thus there’s no “right” or “wrong” poem. I didn’t have to worry about being called idiotic, incompetent, worthless, etc. I write poetry because I don’t have to necessarily express myself in long paragraphs or chapters (though there’s nothing wrong with this of course!). Even a few words are enough for poetry, and as I always say, while stories give structure to many words, poetry gives weight to few. I was never good at telling stories, and poetry seemed to fit me perfectly for all these reasons.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you for your personal response Angie. I think the expression of poetry and prose is down to the individual, although many of the famous poets wrote both. I don’t know about you, but when I try to write longer prose pieces I tend to lose focus, that is why poetry works for me, it may be a personality thing.

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      • I agree, longer pieces tend to not only make me lose focus but because of this they also overwhelm me a bit (?). Overall, I try to write prose once in a while and step out of that comfort zone of mine, but personally speaking poetry will always be my home, it’s what makes me feel secure in my expression.

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