As a poet, book lover, and someone who enjoys to read, I have read lots of poems (that’s a slight underestimation), but there is always the few writers and poems that actually stick in my mind and inspire me to write.
I’m sure that everyone who writes has someone specifically who inspires them in style, voice, tone, composition ect, even if we don’t realise it. It’s good to look at other writers to help us expand and to try different styles of writing.
Some styles are so individual that it can be off putting, leading me to think ‘I wish I could write like that’, but everyone has a style and reading and trying new styles can help us find our own.
I have been writing poetry (consistently) for about five years and throughout that time my poetic style has changed dramatically (I can’t even look at my first poems without blushing!).
One of the first poets that really struck a chord with me (which if you know me you have guessed this person by now!) is Sylvia Plath. The dramatic edge to her poetry that stems from her use of imagery and colours completely changed my opinion on what poetry I wanted to write. My style took a dramatic turn from ‘obvious’ imagery to a much darker and mysterious place. I focused on explaining the simplistic in the most unusual and complicated way (which I loved! =] ).
Other writers have inspired me like Lewis Carroll (how he uses a storyline throughout a poem to capture the reader even though half of his words are not words!) and Alex Dimitrov (especially his poem ‘Blue Curtains’, the feeling evoked in this poem makes me want to write more and more, so I highly suggest you read it!).
Reading and critiquing other poets work (friends and people in different societies) is also something I find inspiring. Other people have differing styles and read other poets to me and it is always a good opportunity to talk to other poets face to face to see who inspires them.
Drop me a response to this post and tell me who inspires your creative writing!
I look forward to hearing who you love and reading different poets who inspire you myself!