#1
I just opened the Pit to start this thread and the first thread I saw was one asking for poetry. Coincidence?


Anyway, one of my classmates likes to write poetry. He's told me that he has over 800 poems on his hard drive. I myself like to write, too, except I'm more into writing short stories and essays so I got interested. I asked him who his favorite poets are and he told me: "I don't read famous poetry." So I thought that he might read some obscure Indonesian epic poetry or something like that. A few second later, he says, "Actually... I don't read any poetry at all"

So that got me thinking: is it possible to write poetry, lyrics, stories, etc. without actually reading or studying it yourself?
I think that
-it's possible to write without reading or studying
-writing something good will be practically impossible without reading
-studying is not essential but it would help A LOT (is that enough emphasis?)

Opinions?
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Theoretically, the first person to invent the poem must have.

EDIT: Actually, that's a fact, I guess.
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of course, and that way it would be your purest form of originality
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Well, I don't tend to read much poetry. Just song lyrics and stuff.
So I dunno.
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Well, I don't tend to read much poetry. Just song lyrics and stuff.
So I dunno.


Lyrics= poetry...So....Yeah.
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#6
Writing poetery isn't that hard at all,
You just have to work at it,
Just start with somthing very small,
The words will flow after just a bit.

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I think you need to read poetry to write good poetry, yes.

I'd task you to find me a good poet who didn't.
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I think you need to read poetry to write good poetry, yes.

I'd task you to find me a good poet who didn't.

This, and it applies to any sort of writing.

Even reading bad poetry or prose is good for you; it shows you what to avoid.
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I think you need to read poetry to write good poetry, yes.

I'd task you to find me a good poet who didn't.

I dunno. Maybe none come to mind, but I have to believe it's possible to write decent, if not good, poetry without studying prior works. It's like any art form, be it music or painting or sculpture. There are probably people out there with a certain knack.

Not to discourage TS from finding some top-notch poetry, but I don't feel it's a prerequsite.
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Theoretically, the first person to invent the poem must have.

EDIT: Actually, that's a fact, I guess.



well, he or she would be the only person to invent the poem. once it's invented, it can't be invented again.

though i seriously doubt that one person invented "the poem". poetry most likely developed from many various sources, hence the myriad of styles of poetry.

anyone can write a poem; it may not be of high quality, but it is an honest expression of feelings. a well read person would be better equipped to write a good poem, but quality can be measured differently and as with most things it is a matter of opinion.
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Not to discourage TS from finding some top-notch poetry, but I don't feel it's a prerequsite.

Does Bukowski count?
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