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Can anyone really be a poet?

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I ask this...

Can anyone really be a poet, is any old scrawl good enough to be classed as poetry?

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I think anything can be poetry

... but it takes talent to make that poetry become words.

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Etymologically speaking a poet is one who makes, creates, or composes. No distinction is made as to the quality or correctness of the composition. Therefore, I say that, yes, anyone with the capacity to make, create, or compose can be a poet.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/poet

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Gahddess_Worship said:Etymologically speaking a poet is one who makes, creates, or composes. No distinction is made as to the quality or correctness of the composition. Therefore, I say that, yes, anyone with the capacity to make, create, or compose can be a poet.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/poet


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I agree with Ahavati.  I feel that not only can anyone be a "poet", but everyone can be a poet!  Not all can be Leonard Cohen, but we should all be aware of our feelings, put them on paper and express them.  If nothing else, it is a great mental fitness device and / or a catharsis!  "Write on!"  Be YOU!  Good luck to all!
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Cynicism is the enemy of poetry.  
We're all born with the gift of poetry.  If you don't believe me, just ask Mother Goose.  Only as we age that we allow negativity and hate to take this gift away.

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poet is a concept, be yerself (whatever that is)

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Anyone can pick up a pencil and draw a picture in a sketchbook.

How many people will understand and or enjoy what you draw depends on how much effort you invest in connecting with those people.

Same goes with poetry.

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Poetry , same as story telling was in old times often an oral tradition. There still are People who do not write but quote poetry. When I travelled I met a man in Portugal who could not write, he was a poet. He just made Instant poetry. And it was very good too. Some People hear the poems whispered to them and pass them on.

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AEMelia564 said:Poetry , same as story telling was in old times often an oral tradition. There still are People who do not write but quote poetry. When I travelled I met a man in Portugal who could not write, he was a poet. He just made Instant poetry. And it was very good too. Some People hear the poems whispered to them and pass them on.
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Whispered?  Secretly?  How am I going to get famojus ?  What about play jurism ?   come on, which is the bettter system.  One where my poem is locked down in my account, and people get in trouble if they change it a little and reprint it, or if I just whisper my poem away, and it catches on, and changed, from one whisperer to another until it sweeps the entire community???
I mean really

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rabbitquest said:
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Whispered?  Secretly?  How am I going to get famojus ?  What about play jurism ?   come on, which is the bettter system.  One where my poem is locked down in my account, and people get in trouble if they change it a little and reprint it, or if I just whisper my poem away, and it catches on, and changed, from one whisperer to another until it sweeps the entire community???
I mean really


You dont get the point of what I am saying
Poetry was originally sung or recited, not neccecerally WRITTEn down, because it was used to record stories , cultures used the oral tradition meaning it was SPOKEN language....

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I believe poetry comes from the heart and soul of the individual... It cannot be shaped molded or silenced... It is the essence of their blood and the beating of their hearts.... If they can hear its whispers and tap into their subconscience than I believe their power is truly unlimited and they can draw others into their world with the stroke of their pen and the strength of their voice....

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I believe Art is embedded in human DNA. Here on DUP are the artists who choose poetry, or perhaps poetry chose us, or was it our Muse?
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"Nobody Becomes An Artist"

I did not become an artist  
Spun from a spiral lost angle    
Drifting between heart and soul and mind    
The muse entwined in mine    
Exploration of the corridors between vision and insight    
A sexually symbiotic existence of mindfucks from my muse    
That stimulate my senses with colors my eyes can't see    
Yet my heart continually pumps through unseen wings    
Lifting me to heights where there is no air to breathe    
Here I feel more alive than when walking the Earth alone    
Touching nature with my hands to see how it feels    
Watching birds sing songs too far away to hear    
And though my muse never touches my flesh, she caresses me    
Her thoughts are songs no birds know the notes to exhale    
She strokes my ego giving me the strength to write her verse    
Into the words I hear silently surging through my ears    
I sense the sound, I see her voice, I smell her breathe pass over my soul    
Her genetic code is painted on the walls of forgotten caves    
From times before man was supposed to be unborn    
When no woman was torn from his ribs to inspire the flames of creation    
Yet we are artists all    
From before we were born, in spirals of DNA    
Connecting spirits on the ladder of life    
Imbuing a spark into our hearts to express our pain    
Tear drops fall from clouded eyes as our storm begins to rain    
I did not have to become an artist    
Roared the thunder through my veins    
I never chose to be a troubadour    
It's just that I was born this way

(Written 22nd July 2012)
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johnno83 said:

Can anyone really be a poet, is any old scrawl good enough to be classed as poetry?


As Iíve said before sometimes I even write a decent poem. Sometimes itís horseshit. I guess you gotta take them both as poetry because otherwise how do we grow.

poet Anonymous

To enlarge on that saying 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', poetry and therefore a poet is in the eye, ear, and voice of the beholder.  

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