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CudMonk
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0 posted 12-05-2007 11:02 AM       View Profile for CudMonk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CudMonk

What is YOUR purpose for writing poetry, in the humble opinions of those on this website doing it?

I ask this question only because I feel sometimes like many, many people who "write poetry" are doing little more than aping traditional standards of what is English-style verse.  I say this, of course, as someone who did the exact same thing for years until I began to study literary theory and wonder, "Why am I doing this?"  So, I'm asking, why do YOU - not the human race, but you specifically - take the time to sit down and write?  

Catharsis?
Politics?
Journaling?
Recording the human experience?
Just because it's the cool thing to do?
Fame?
Money?
Beauty?
To get chicks?

I, personally, write because I enjoy reading, and I feel as though I want to contribute to the dreamy world of literature that has brought me great pleasure.  

-Adam

TomMark
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1 posted 12-05-2007 12:22 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

I believe that this is mind driving thing. There is no clear purpose at first. And I can't think that my poems contributing to anything if not viewed as green gas.

Tom
Susan Caldwell
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2 posted 12-05-2007 01:00 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

For me there is no one set reason or purpose.  However I will tell you a few.  

I write because I always have.  I wrote a short story in 5th grade.  

I write because there is a need to do so.

I write because sometimes others inspire me to write.

But with most that I do in life there is that something I can't explain, that pushes me, guides me and empowers me to write and reflect.

If I couldn't write I would not cease, however, I would be a far less me.

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~
Sunshine
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3 posted 12-06-2007 02:33 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Because it is who I am.

Brad
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4 posted 12-07-2007 02:40 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

quote:
I ask this question only because I feel sometimes like many, many people who "write poetry" are doing little more than aping traditional standards of what is English-style verse.


I wish they'd do this more.

As far as your question, I'm not sure I understand what you're asking.

Why do people do anything?

Your examples of 'purpose' are rather reductionist, don't you think?

You mention literary theory and I'm curious. What literary theory argues that you shouldn't follow traditional modes of English verse?

quote:
Money?


This is funny though.


  

poetninoit
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I write because if I don't my brain turns to mush and nothing goes into or comes out of it. I write because there's things that I think about that i just don't want to tell other people and I would rather tell it to an emprty page. Empty pages listen better than any one I know because they can't interupt me. I write because it's fun. I write because I hate life. I write because I love life. There are millions of reasons. The real question is: Why not write?
jbouder
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6 posted 12-07-2007 12:40 PM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbouder

Because it is practical.
serenity blaze
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7 posted 12-07-2007 04:15 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Because I can't shaddup.
Stephanos
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8 posted 12-07-2007 10:55 PM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

Jim,

practical?

I'm sure you're right, on some level.

But what a prosaic answer for poetry!



Stephen
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9 posted 12-07-2007 11:30 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

God said "let there be light"
Because the poets need to write!

jbouder
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10 posted 12-08-2007 10:04 AM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbouder

Stephen:

Ever read a well-written line of poetry and it stuck with you?  

"True ease in writing comes from art not chance / As those move easiest who have learned to dance."

Ever read a poorly-written line of poetry and it stuck with you?  

"If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit!"

Ever wonder why ancient works on poetics were grouped with works on rhetoric?  What are the similarities?  What are the differences?  What effect can a line of poetry embedded in prose have on the audience?

I suppose my answer isn't particularly romantic, but I stand by it.

Jim

Stephanos
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11 posted 12-09-2007 02:30 PM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

Jim,

No doubt that there is both an art and science to poetry.

I just think they are secondary to the "soul" of what poetry is, and why anyone was ever compelled to write it in the first place.

But, your reason is true, and therefore valid.


I think I'll start calling you the "pragmatic poet".




Stephen
Huan Yi
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12 posted 12-11-2007 04:54 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

.


To get chicks


.
TomMark
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13 posted 12-11-2007 05:22 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

Sir Huan, do you hint that with the price of eggs doubled lately in the market, one may use poems to get them from someone else? It has to be good poems, sir. Then whose poems are good enough to afford them here?  
and don't hate me for saying so!
 
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