Writing about Poetry

“Do you like poetry?” a friend asked me a couple of years ago, after we had been enthusiastically discussing books. My instant answer was ‘yes’, but then when asked which poems I liked most I came up short. In truth, at that point I enjoyed writing poetry, but my own taste and knowledge of poetry was woefully inadequate. I would like to take this moment to thank the above mentioned friend for prompting me to renew my interest in poetry, and to start what has become a joyful hobby.

Prompted by this conversation, and having being sent a few poems that I enjoyed, I went looking for a poetry anthology that would delight and enrich my evenings, only to find that it was surprisingly tricky to pick a book where I enjoyed more than a third of the books in that specific collection.

Which led me thinking about what it is that I do actually enjoy about poetry. While a lyrical prose of pretty metaphors is all very nice, I find that I want poetry to mean something to me. I adore a poem which hits a specific point, where I get to the end and say ‘yes’ to myself. That poem speaks to this specific feeling/ experience/ opinion.

I am particularly fond of those poems that leave you a little shell-shocked in their simple brutality, whacking you around the head with their point in a way which is both beautifully subtle, and nothing short of an assault.

To solve this problem, I took to the internet and the collection of poetry books in my local library to find poems that I enjoyed, compiling them in an anthology for my own perusal. This has been both enlightening and enjoyable; it is however still very much a work in progress.

And so I would like to share with you some of the poems which I enjoy, in the hope that some of you may have your own recommendations and ideas to share, to enhance my collection. Please do let me know what you think 🙂

Poetry posts

Differences of Opinion, by Wendy Cope

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My name is Becky and I run a blog about Books

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