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Poetry in practice

Read widely to improve your own poetry, says Doris Corti

If you want to write poetry it can help to read it. To start, choose poems at random from any anthology you have to hand. The poems read may not be modern but the deeper your understanding of these, the more likely you will be to create a poem in today’s voice.

Think about whether the poem(s) you have chosen have a particular theme. For instance, you may like poems that have some aspect of nature as their theme. The poet John Clare has a wonderful poem, I love to hear the evening crows go by.

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