Writing Tip: We All Write Bad Poems


Writing Tip: We All Write Bad Poems

There once was a poet
Who wrote a bad poem
It was the end of a very short career

Yes, we all write bad poetry. For every poem that I feel is good enough to post online, there is a pile of screwed up pieces of paper with poor excuses for poetry scrawled across them. Nobody picks up their pen and writes a masterpiece straight away. You will (probably) never find yourself writing a large number of brilliant poems all in a row, because the skill of writing poetry is simply not that easy to perfect.

You should never be afraid of writing a bad poem. There’s no pressure to allow anyone else to read it, and being unhappy with your poetry is a great way to learn what does and does not work for you. Put it to one side and take a break if you need to, or start again from the beginning. There may be one line or one verse in that poem that you like, or there may be nothing that you like at all. The important thing is to be happy with your poetry and pick out only those things that are good and which work from the piece. It can be disappointing to write something that you are not happy with, but you should never allow yourself to be disheartened when you produce bad poetry. It does not make you a bad poet: use it to your advantage so that the next time you write, you will not make the same mistakes!

Written By: Laura Marie Clark

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About the Author

Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view  more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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2 replies

  1. I belong to a poetry share/workshop group. It is sometimes good to get feedback to help improve a poem. It hurts a little when you think what you’ve got is pretty good, but the feedback does not agree. One poem I wrote got a lot of editing comments. After I edited it and brought it back, I had cut away too much – parts that some people liked. Not everyone in the group agrees with one another. Posting on my blog has been a positive experience, especially when I have asked for feedback about editing. Like other art forms, poetry is subjective. Having said that; some poems are bad poetry 🙂


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