Consider poetry as a work of art
Similar to a painting, sculpture, drawing, or photograph.
A poem should paint a picture in the reader’s mind
Using rich imagery, figurative language, similes and metaphors.
A poet should not rely on the words in a poem to tell the story,
But rather the systematic sequence of events painted by the words chosen.
Each word and phrase is chosen for a specific reason
Therefore poets need to take connotation and denotation into consideration.
All groups of rhyming words are not poems
And all poems are not groups of rhyming words.
A poem is not determined by a mere sound that two words mimic
Nor by a set meter that the words must fall into.
People so often get caught up in the specific structure of a poem
But structure is the least important aspect.
Poetry should never be forced to fit a certain format;
The words should naturally flow onto the page.
One of the reasons poetry is sometimes despised is that it is confusing.
A way to avoid confusion is include allusions to events, people, and places.
However, sometimes confusion makes a poem even more interesting
It all depends on what the poet is trying to achieve.
And that leads to the absolute most important part of the art of poetry:
Every decision is up to the poet.
All of the power rests in the poet’s hands and all the poet needs is inspiration,
And that is the key to poetry.