How to start writing poetry when you are 50+

What Are Some Reasons to Write Poetry?

Writing poetry is primarily a way to express your feelings and thoughts. Whether it’s about a person, place, or thing, poetry allows you to communicate what you feel uniquely. But that’s not the only reason. Other reasons to consider poetry include:

  1. You can write poetry about anything you want, including your life experiences or things you’ve always wanted to say but haven’t had the opportunity to say before.
  2. It’s a good way to keep your mind active and engaged as you age; this can help with memory retention and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease in later years.
  3. You don’t have to be an expert in art or literature to write well; it’s all about using your imagination.
  4. There are no rules when writing poetry—so feel free to experiment with different styles and techniques if you’re stuck.

What Are Different Types of Poetry to Consider?

The truth is that different poems appeal to different people, old or young. Some poems will resonate more with you in writing, while others will not. The reason for this can be structure, form, or style. If you’re thinking about the best types of poetry to try out for a start, the following should do it:

  1. Freeverse: Free verse is poetry without rhyming words, syllable counts, or line breaks. It’s about letting your thoughts flow freely and expressing yourself through verse in a natural and unforced way. Examples of free verse poems are ‘America‘ by Walt Whitman and ‘Lady Lazarus‘ by Sylvia Plath.
  2. Sonnets: A sonnet is …………,

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