New to Writing Poetry Series

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This will be an ongoing series for new poets. If you are an experienced poet, feel free to share your tips that will help a new poet.

This post focuses on one of the basic building-blocks of a poem which is the "poetic line". As a poet, you decide how long each line will be and where it will break off. The length of a line and the place it breaks off are important because they affect aspects of your reader's experience.

These aspects include:

1) How does a poem sound?

2) How does a poem look?

3) What is the speed at which your reader reads through a poem?

So, as you are writing, focus not only on the words, but also the experience you want your reader to have as they read through your poem.

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