My First Poetry Class… Eek!

I ordered a poetry textbook for my class this coming semster, and I received this written on the packing slip šŸ™‚

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With that said, I am worried that this class may drain some of my creativity while I’m forced to write in ways I have strong feelings against… Hopefully it’ll be a good experience! I’ve never taken an entire class on poetry, so… we’ll see how it goes!

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17 thoughts on “My First Poetry Class… Eek!

  1. Stretching yourself creatively is a good thing. I’m no fan of poetry classes in general because I’ve found them to be deconstruction fests that take the enjoyment out of reading poems. Hopefully, that won’t be the case here. Best wishes. šŸ™‚

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    1. That’s my concern exactly, haha. I have a somewhat unusual poetry style and judging by the books she’s chosen, this professor seems to appreciate contemporary poetry- of which I am not a fan… so, either I’ll have to morph my writing to fit her style, or she’ll be accepting of differing kinds of poetry. Or, I’ll just fail the class. Haha

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  2. I cannot imagine her failing you. You probably have more poetry talent in your little pinky then she’s had the pleasure to read and grade on, ever.

    With that being said, I think that Jacob gives great advice. Don’t take it to seriously. Remain yourself. The poem I wrote this week for the poetry party was written in a style I learned from you. I don’t know what it’s called, but I like how it turned out. Take the class, learn, grow and then, do it your way! You are already a successful poet.

    Memee

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    1. I don’t know about that, haha but I really appreciate that you think so!
      And I think he gave good advice too, I feel like there is no “wrong” way to write poetry, but some people do. I’m just hoping my professor isn’t one of those people. Haha
      And acrostic! That’s the style you wrote in šŸ™‚

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  3. What textbook are you using?

    I was a bit anxious about taking a poetry class, but I did and it was great! Although, I still don’t have the hang of meter…it’s a bit rough to grasp in the beginning!

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    1. Haha I don’t understand meter either. But I don’t really feel like I need to lol.and it’s called The Poet’s Companion. I haven’t actually read the chapters yet, just the exercises at the end.

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  4. “…write the poems you want to exist in the world.”

    That’s definitely not what I do. I write poems that want to exist. If I wrote poems that I want to exist, I’d write only about happy things like cute bunnies. But since Trix are for kids, I can’t seem to do that. I allow the words to come through and be what they want, when they want. I feel that writing is a living entity that can only obtain an order within the chaos that it is. Such is the universe, such is life, such is the creative imagination.

    So if an instructor tells you to write in a certain format, then write in that format. It’s just a guide, not the words. The words come from wherever they come from, expressed through you. Even if the format isn’t your own, it’s not what’s really important; so why argue over it or stress out over writing that way?

    And even if you think another format could limit your writing, that may actually spur you into becoming more creative. Limits aren’t a bad thing; they force us to think in a different way, to learn how to work within the limits and push beyond them even while in them. Look at the limit of gravity and how it’s spurred people, throughout history, to figure out ways to take flight within that limit and even push that limit as far as we’ve been able to take it, going into space and the moon and, soon, Mars; and yet we do those things within gravity’s limit. So instead of dreading limits or being limited, celebrate that. Take encouragement from the fact that you can look at a limitation and figure out how to work with it to achieve what you’re expressing. Remember, a limit is only a guide to discovery.

    Good luck with your class and your writing. Oh, and feel free to ignore everything I said before the, “Good luck…” part. I won’t take it personally. In fact, I tend to think that people should ignore what I say. Haha. šŸ™‚

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