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    Default I wanna write poetry...

    Like about human emotions, life, girls etc. etc.(sounds corny) But I don't want to just do it, but actually be good too. Be abstract but actually have meaning behind my poetry. Anyways..

    Before I begin all this I would need knowledge and intelligence and also a good vocabulary. What books, poems etc. should I read? Who should I read?

    Where Should I Start?

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    You CAN start by questioning how much do you really want to do it vs just saying/thinking you want to, while creating excuses and barriers to justify not doing it.
    To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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    Music provides one of the clearest examples of a much deeper relation between mathematics and human experience.

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    Go buy the book Creating Poetry by John Drury.
    It's the best I've seen, so far.

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    Read the greats. It's essential. Among others I'd recommend:

    T S ELiot
    W B Yeats
    Pablo Neruda
    Shakespeare (sonnets)
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Adrienne Rich
    Sylvia Plath
    Ted Hughes
    Paul Celan
    Derek Walcott
    John Keats
    Seamus Heaney
    Derek Mahon
    P K Page
    e e cummings
    Walt Whitman
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    Anne Sexton
    Baudelaire
    Czeslaw Milosz
    Wole Soyinka
    Mahmoud Darwish
    Rumi
    Adam Zagajewski
    Carolyn Forche
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    Read what inspires you and read what you like. Use those as your influences. Don't let anyone tell you who you should read, although the greats are a good place to start. There are certain techniques you should be familiar with, but don't let them limit you. It's like playing a musical instrument. There are fundamentals, but not only fundamentals. There is originality too.

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    I have worked as a writing tutor and our advice to people was the best way to become a good writer, is to write.

    It doesn't matter if it's good or you like it to begin with. Just get something on the paper, and then you can begin tweaking it more and more to your liking.

    A secret about poetry, is that the juxtaposition of the words and ideas themselves, as you put them down on paper, will create meaning that you didn't expect. That's what's so magical about poetry (about all the arts, really). The art itself will teach you, even as you are producing it.

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    Start by reading the Arts and Entertainment forum, Wikileaks and Poetry thread.

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