Misconception Number 1 – Poetry must be written in eloquent language
Poetry can be gritty and raw, it does not have to be eloquent. Some examples would be poetic writings by rap artists like Tupac Shakur in his book “The Rose that Grew from Concrete.” After all, RAP is an acronym for Rhythm And Poetry. On a lighter side of things, Dr. Seuss, a genius in his own right, certainly did not use “the Queen’s English” if you will.
Misconception Number 2 – Poetry has to rhyme
Some types of poetry rhyme, some do not. There are a number of styles that rarely rhyme including modern free verse.
Misconception Number 3 – Poetry is always short
While the majority of poems do tend to be short, there is no rule requiring them to be so. In fact, some of the longest books, yes i said books, are considered to be works of “epic poetry.” One good example is “The Odyssey” by Homer. This work is more than 500 pages!
Misconception Number 4 – Poetry is for wussies
People sometimes associate poetry with over-sensitivity and wussieness if you will. However, quiet a few poets have been anything but wussies. Many wrote about social injustices and thus dared to challenge authority figures. I would say that takes some guts. On another note, Poe was an inspiration to the masters of the horror genre. There’s nothing wussie about that.
Misconception Number 5 – There is no money in writing poetry
While poetry is a very specific literary genre which does make it challenging, it is possible to make the art into a reasonable side job or even a modest career. A lot of poets sell their work to greeting card companies and get a fair rate for their work. Others are able to format them in such a way that they work well as song lyrics and can thus be sold in the music industry. Those are just a few options.