So, I’d like to try my hand at writing poetry. Not for profit (hah!) or even publication, but just for the compositional muscle-stretching exercise of it. I like good poetry (though my reading of it is sadly incomplete and inconsistent), and I’d like to think that I have some modest way with prose, but I’ve never made any serious efforts at verse, and my not-so-serious attempts have been less than inspired. (Though I put a couple of rather bracing limericks upon the wall of the bathroom at Insomnia Cafe.)
So, exactly how to do you go about obtaining a grasp of what “good” poetry is and how to create it? Certainly, I could open up a volume of Blake or Poe and ape the style, but I’m looking for more of an approach to learning how to write in my own diction.