People often tell me they cannot write poetry. They say they do not know how. They say they do not think that way…whatever “that way” is. But these people are wrong. If you think you cannot write poetry, here is proof that you can.
Poetry Is Not What You Think It Is
Poetry isn’t one thing. There’s a dictionary definition of course, but that doesn’t encompass all of what poetry is. Poetry is also a prime candidate for subjective or personal interpretation. For example, my definition of poetry goes something like this:
Poetry is condensed language
Think about that for a second. Condensed language. Well, you speak in condensed language. You speak with verifiable sounds and rhythms.
You Speak in Poetry
Language itself is a condensed way of expressing larger ideas. So one might say that
poetry is to language as language is to reality.
Or something like that. With speech, you condense incredibly complex ideas into nuanced constructions that are often highly open to interpretation. You speak with poetry. Poetry accomplishes the same things as language in general. Maybe even more so. That’s because…
Poetry is Storytelling
All language is storytelling. In the majority of cases, when people write, talk, sign, or wave, they’re telling a story. Poetry is no different. There’s a narrative, even when there isn’t.
So let’s put it together. Condensed language plus storytelling equals what? If you look closely, it equals everything. When you tell someone who you’re running to the store real quick to pick up some condoms and cigars, you’re actually telling a story using poetic language. Because you ARE a poet. We all are. Or maybe we’re all poems. Who knows.
When did you realize you were a poet? If you never realized it before. I hope this helps you to reach that conclusion. Write something, poet.