Become a poet – STARTER KIT [32/40]

evening so today I've got a question from JC Jade for the 40 questions in Lent series I'm doing on this channel and JC says could you make a video about your poach process like how do you get in touch with your feelings to be able to put them on paper and tips those who want to get into poetry I want to but when I picked up a pen I didn't know where to start so for those of yous might be your first video and I make poetry on the internet and that is like the funnest part of what I do on the internet I think I've written poems about creativity and brexit and who gets to say you tubers dead while I still consider myself quite a new poet or even using the word poet towards myself is like feels a bit weird I have actually been writing poetry for quite some time the first thing I want to say the first thing I want to reiterate is that nobody taught me how to write poetry you can learn how to get better at poetry how to free yourself up because really it's it's I think it's a mental thing as well there will be building work noises in the back of this video because if you do own a beautiful London townhouse in the middle of zone – why wouldn't you extend it further into your rented neighbor's garden if there is a merrier to entry in your head you have fundamentally misunderstood the purpose of territory to be honest I would never ever have gone near poetry if it wasn't for a teacher that I had in my sixth form who got me really into Philip Larkin who is still my favorite poet to date I would say and here's my favorite poem by him it just goes the first thing I have understood time is the echo of an axe within a wood that is literally the whole poem well you know when to university I could probably name literally two to three poets when I started at university I could probably only name three poets William Shakespeare work Philip Larkin I'm Carol Ann Duffy that's probably it if you think people who have been writing poetry have been secretly weaned on poetry you like your rock leg along like well welcome of course there a way to learn how to get better at poetry of course it's important to know who other poets are and study them and look at why they're successful and successful in your eyes in fact my friend Jenn runs a poetry course that's online and I will leave a link below to that because that sounds so fun but it's kind of like Dolores and Cartier sirs and Sister Act – don't ask me about being a right if when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing then you're arrived I also want to reiterate that it is okay to be bad for a long time and perhaps I still am bad but I just wanted to share with you I use have a poetry blog at uni and I want to share with you one of the poems I thought it was ok to put up on the internet now I'm not saying as if I'm on a poetry show myself but I'm just going to give you a sample of how much my poetry has changed maybe this poem is called you are the toy in my cereal you're the toy in my cereal the penny in my path I hope you start to notice you're the sparkle in my laugh you're the book I'll never finish their curiosity never ends also my life turning pages we'll spend our life being friends you're the wagon wheel at break you're the excitement of the Faire you're the change in my pocket I forgot was even there you're the reason for my whistle when I should be in dismay you're the doodle in my notebook you're the fourth leaf on my day to write poetry simply for me you need to feel strongly enough about something or be curious and I've got something that you want to kind of almost in a creative way throw up like you don't have time to write a novel about it don't have time to write a song about it you don't have time to unpack it in an intellectual essay and that's why I think some poetry is so powerful because it has this visceral like where I say ass where a silhouette visceral every video it has this immediacy to it and when I discovered slam poetry I also fell in love with the idea of like a boss flatline like an explosive shutdown last line so really what it is is just having a feeling like that and also knowing what you think sounds good so it's good to absorb lots of different kinds of poetry and I thought I would give you some examples of some that I really like the first one is mistakes in the background by Laura da cruel this is a doodle notebook of all of her poetry and it is bloody amazing and it really frees up your verse it's genuinely really clever and well-structured but it also frees up your mind to what a poem could be there's more classical stuff like the roof of the lock which is one that I read at University and where I realized how much I love rhyming terms that have to rhyme but I feel like there is hidden humor in them rhyming and this is the most playful old poetry book you'll ever read Carol Ann Duffy this is my favorite collection by Hertz called rapture I found the words in the back of the drawer wrapped in black cloth like three rings slipped from a dead woman's hand cold dole gold and I held them before years ago then put them away forgetting whatever it was I could use them to say I touched the first to my lips the second the third like a sacrament like a pledge and my breath warmed them the words I needed to utter this small words and few I rubbed them until they gleamed in my palm I love you I love you I love you until they renew what cake tempers to let them eat chaos which is a political and risk with just so many simple words that's but so many beautiful concepts and this is that loads of different people's nights and London looking at the sky and wondering what the world is going to come to in the future and it's really really that's another very different one George the poet search party can't find the collection right now but that is a cross between like spoken word rap and poetry and political it's melodical in the way it's put together so like Laura Dawe is not intimidating to read it doesn't have like some kind of pentameter to get your your mind into it's just it's just reading words and there's also tales maps in suburbia which isn't a poetry collection but it's a really great little short stories Illustrated sometimes just on one page this one's called the water buffalo about a water buffalo who sits in a field and directs people where to go in the village and they're just are they really helped me write poetry because they're a whole story contained in like fairly any words and which is essentially what poetry is and then lastly poetry please which is a radio for collection of poems I always dip into because I don't feel like I really have a great wealth of knowledge about poetry and that's got maybe like one or two poems more of the greatest poets ever so it's a good way to discover the stuff that I want without having to like completely immerse myself in this huge box Bridge world of poetry that I just don't they started off not really having access to it and now I'm older I just like I like so much dust I don't have time to know about all of the and historical well-known poets so that's a really great way to like have them all on your shelf and dip into some random bits of inspiration another huge resource is slam poetry on the Internet favorite poet online has to be mark Grist who I've seen live now but I could have discovered him cuz he wrote a poem called I like a girl who reads then he did one called and you were the hottest of all of the gingers and he does slam battles with students because he's a teacher he does like funny slam battles with some of his gobby students or people who are playing his gobby students in the in the real planets are just I'll link that below there's also loads of other busts and poetry poems and really excited about this as you can tell so I'm probably going to leave loads of my favorite and slam poems in the description please go and look at those because it really helps to hear things there's one called monster which is my favorite which is a girl who just rearranges all of the words in a rap song in order of frequency so it starts off being like the house car light and then it goes to dee dee dee dee ah-ah-ah-ah and then the end of it is just but it's phenomenal there's lots of experimental poets online at the moment and I'm addicted I'll even walk alone but really just find a rhythm that captures your imagination and just keep that maybe even memorize I also find it interesting to memorize some poetry of other people so I have it in my head and it's like this I don't know like having knowing somebody else's poetry inside out I find helps me write my own and and helps me really understand how it works and how it works to be said aloud as well so I think you can read apparently all that was nice but you don't really know something until you learn it off by heart I don't think does that maybe some really traditional roles the way you write poetry the way I write poetry is on my phone on the bus when I'm going somewhere I think that it is a kind of performative and falsified idea for me to sit down and be like I'm going to write poetry now honestly the way that I find most helpful is to use it as a procrastination tool it's something that I do when I'm supposed to be doing something else and often I'll hear a phrase or I'll think thought or like summarize something to somebody in some way with a sentence I'll write that sentence in my phone and then later I'll come back and build off that one sentence usually that sentence is their kind of pivotal sentence of the whole poem and I unpack it later or I put that sentence right at the end because I think that's got the most punch and that's what usually what captures your imagination about a poem should be the last line at the end I think I wanted to answer this question even though I don't really have an answer because I love poetry and I want people to write it and I now consider myself a poet even though I never used to feel as I was qualified and again my friend Joan Campbell makes way better poetry videos for me I'm going to link them below thanks for watching I'm making 40 videos during Lent so do click here to watch the whole playlist leave your poetry recommendations down to Ed for me or if you write poetry let me know where you put it frog slug out

35 thoughts on “Become a poet – STARTER KIT [32/40]

  1. My name is Phillip
    I am a poet
    I wrote this poem just to show it
    And I, just turned nine
    You can write rhymes but you can't write mine

  2. I compare poets to wine snobs…they are so far up their own arses that the outside world is just an afterthought.
    You want a poet. You can't get better than Edgar Allan Poe.
    He devoted his life to poetry..he didn't do it for pomposity or to be esoteric.

  3. bro philip larkin is someone we do for higher english in scotland but you also do duffy too. duffy is one of my favourite poets 100%

  4. Your are lovely, I appreciate your enthusiastic opinion, but please just calm down. Yet thanks for the knowledge

  5. Please please please read ladypenstheblues on tumblr. Her poetry is so beautiful and whistful, it reminds me of a misty autumn day with the faint smell of smoke in the air

  6. You’re so down to earth and honest ❤️ kate of @lillytales recommended you to me, and true enough, you’re SO LOVABLE! You’re so authentic and uncaught in the stereotypical, boring hype these days. Check her out btw, she’s amazing!

  7. I have a word document that is basically an extended diary, so when I have a ‘pivotal mood change’ as it were or a break up or something, I wrote a poem about it, usually allegorical, it’s probably not very good but it feels nice to make some kind of art full of feeling

  8. I would love to write storys – Since I can remember it's what I do all the time in my head, when I'm alone or around boring people. I tell the storys to myself. And I'm not that bad at writing when it comes to essays or speeches. But never have I ever written a story down – because it feels like I would trap the characters and the plot and everything, in my head it's all so fluid and I can transfer one character to another story, i can exchange the names or the appearance of the characters or even swap the plots. It's all so alive and when I want to write them down I just can't think of the one version that I like the most or that 'feels right'…

  9. there is milk and honey by rupi kaur that is everywhere on tumblr but i am really getting into it and it's a very short read. trigger warnings tho.

  10. I write poetry. Kind of. God, I feel pretentious saying that. They're really more spoken word things and they tend to sometimes come out via politically swayed Facebook statuses. The two I've written that I really like are called Women Of Thunder (which I posted on IWD on Facebook and my wordpress: caelmo) and Beauty Is Pain (which I wrote a couple years ago and can be found on currently abandoned writing tumblr: caelmoco)

  11. I write poems. The title of each one is listed down the right-hand side of the page under the word "Pages." Feel free to comment and let me know what you think! Thanks for the video! 🙂

  12. This is sooo great! You inspired me to write since I saw that Youtube is dead slam poem, I loved it, felt compelled to write too. I write both in Portuguese (my native language) and English, I feel we have to get inspired by other poets and also kind of strip ourselves from rules and expectations and just try, but studying it makes it better and more enjoyable, as long as you don't see it too black and white. I took part in one of Jen's workshops, so worth it!!!! Nice video, I'm loving all of your lent series 🙂

  13. Okay, so I just watched Mark Grist's videos after this video and I love it! He captures so much emotion. I'm also going to pick up some of the books that you've mentioned here-thank you so much.

  14. I am very new to the writing game but just posted a poem up here about progress and life transitions.

  15. Mistakes in the background by Laura Dockrill has been my FAVOURITE poetry book for YEARS!! And no one ever talks about it! xx

  16. Poetry can be so powerful and i absolutely love your playlist x
    Edit: you've got me obsessed with slam poetry i delved into it a bit before but i spent hours last night gauging on them!

  17. I like The Fool by Grace Dunham!! I think it's so simple but impactful. I write songs and poetry here – (:

  18. Poetry is one of the most adaptable and personalizable of all writing forms, and it's just beautiful that there's this concept that allows you to lay down your feelings and thoughts into something sacred without being constrained by other people's rules. For folks who want to write poetry and want to find their voice, I personally found it helpful to make note about what I appreciated in other people's poems…symbolism? rhyming schemes? poetry built on physical word structure? etc….then started exploring those concepts in my own poetry. It takes a while but you'll grow into your poetry shell eventually.

  19. The first poem I ever read by Carol Ann Duffy was 'Valentine' and it's eccentricity king of went over my head at the time, but she's definitely grown on me, even if the memories of pouring over her work in a stuffy classroom are slightly uninspiring. "War Photographer" by her is amazing! I really recommend it

  20. this was v interesting!! i'm not much of a writer but i do love love love reading/listening to it, even though i really need to take out some time and read some classics which i never seem to get around to. thanks for the poetry recs and slam poetry links i'm always looking for new ones!

  21. Who wrote the water buffalo one? There was a water buffalo in a field where I used to live and I'm wondering if he was the muse – I can't imagine there are many U.K. Fields home to water buffaloes?? But you never know!

  22. I love blythe baird. She has appeared in several button poetry vids. When the fat girl gets skinny is so full of raw emotion. It's brilliant and gets me teary every time

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