The Poetry Puzzle: Unlock It the Beginner's Way

Updated: Sep 8

Hello fellow writers!

Before we continue, let's get the disclaimer out of the way.

Disclaimer: This post does not have any technical details, so if you are looking for some high-end complex stuff, this isn't the post.

But... But... If you like or have an interest in poetry or are a beginner like me, this is the post you'll be able to relate to.

So now that we've established the basics, let's move forward.

I've always loved reading poems. The flow, the slightly different way of stringing words, and the dreamy imagery pulled me towards them. I leaned towards nature poetry and still do. Anything I write needs to have something that connects to nature in any way.

Over the years, I have drifted away from literature; now I'm getting back on track. I began writing poems when I was in school, though it wasn't a continuous exercise. I wrote again a few years later and trust me, it was pathetic. The school poetry was far better.

Life happened again and when I took up an MA in English Literature, I got to read some very beautiful poems that started to pull me in again. But I only read.

Then, bingo! One day I translated a poem from my native language (Telugu) to English. I liked it and wanted to write again. I had no idea about meters (I still don't), but I still wrote. It was something, anything. If you want to do translations as well remember that word for word isn't enough. It makes the poem soulless. The emotion, the feel has to be reflected. And in that process, we might end up adding more flavor to the original. That's fine, at least in my opinion. It makes the poem ours as well.

Next, I wanted to write my own poems. But the inspiration wasn't there. I needed a prompt, an image, a scene to make me think. It was during this time that I met a wonderful woman on Facebook. She was a painter, her paintings were nothing out of this world, yet they were beautiful.