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To Be or Not to Be - a Poet.

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

— Robert Frost

No Poems Here

The strange thing you may notice about this article is that it is to honour April as Poetry Month, and is in fact an essay, and not a poem.

Those of you who know me would realise that I mainly consider myself a poet, who occasionally branches out into other forms of writing. Well, I did in fact try to write this as a poem but just couldn't make it work, so here it is, some prose for Poetry Month, and to honour all the poets and aspiring poets out there.

On second thoughts, here’s a haiku at least.

Anyone can write,
but can they be a poet?
That is the question.

Random text from the book "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr Seuss.

"I do not like green eggs and ham.

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am."

"I would not like them here or there.

I would not like them anywhere!"

"I do so like green eggs and ham.

Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-Am."

  • The text of this book consists of just fifty different words and was the result of a bet between Seuss and his publisher that Seuss could not complete an entire book using so few words. (His previous book 'The Cat In The Hat' used 225 words)
To be or not to be a poet?

To be or not to be a poet?

To Be Or Not To Be - A Poet.

Many people often say to me, "I'm not really into poetry." This makes me wonder how much poetry they have even read. After all there are so many different forms and styles of poetry, that surely there is at least one to appeal to each person.

To appreciate poetry perhaps you need to be brought up as a child listening to your parents read you Dr Suess and other rhyming children's book. I know I was. It gave me an appreciation of rhyme and made story telling much more enjoyable. Even as an adult, I preferred to read rhyming stories to my children. Now, I admit that not all poetry rhymes, in fact a great deal does not, but it is the original basis for the distinction between poetry and prose.

I sometimes feel that poets aren't considered as 'real' writers in the wider community. Our work often seems to be given less importance or relevance. "it's not commercial enough or there's no money to be made from poetry," are words I often hear.

Whether it's traditional rhyme, free form, haiku, sonnets, acrostic, dramatic, nonsense or even limericks, poetry is like a song without music. A good poet can say more in a few verses than many an author can in a whole chapter of prose, or sometimes even an entire book. Even a three line haiku can convey an entire story If written skilfully.

A poet’s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take side, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

— Salman Rushdie

Poetry invites you to read between the lines, to look for the unwritten. It encourages the imagination and can take you to different places and times. Poetry can make you sing, or make you cry. It can make you laugh, or frustrate you and challenge you to find it's meaning.

So many writers, now, write not from the heart, but from the wallet. The Internet has made it easier for anyone to write and have their work read by thousands. Most see this as a way of also making money, and good luck to those who work hard enough to make a living at it. But much of this writing is dictated from demand and not by the love of the art of writing.

Most poets are different. To us, words are an art. We write where our heart leads us, or simply to express our feelings, to vent our frustrations with the world, or express our love. Poems are often not even written with an audience in mind, but a way to express our inner thoughts and dream, or to challenge our own writing ability.

Please watch this Inspirational video by my friend Greg Amour.

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

— Plutarch

Let Your Words Fly

A poet is a painter of words, a Van Gogh or Picasso with a pen and ink instead of brush and paint. I urge you, next time you see a poem or poetry hub, stop and take the time to read. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you have been missing.

Deep down, I think there is a poet in all of us.

Don't keep it caged,
Set it free.
Let your words fly
For all to see.


© 2014 John Hansen