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How to improve your poetry dramatically

I copied Jane's answer when I asked her how her poetry had improved so much in just three years.

"I think Neopoet can take a fair degree of credit in helping to shape what I write today. The workshop environment helps for one thing, but reading other poets helps enormously.
We have some superb ones here.

Workshops help too, even if it's a subject you have some familiarity with, the discipline is good.

I also went back and read favourite poets - Betjeman, Eliot, Yeats, Frost, The Romantics, The Metaphysical poets, although instead of putting them down without understanding, I persevered, until I did. I read what other poets were saying, and concentrated on how they were saying it.

But more than any thing else, it was my Dad, dying. It ignited a spark. I had to write and found I had so much to say."

To sum up-
1. Neopoet is cool. Reading and critiquing other poets.
2. The workshops are useful.
3. Reading great poets helps. Reading carefully, not just what they say but how they say it.
4. Write what you need to, something important to you.


which was sometime in 2014 ish, I had a few good ideas, but the delivery was sooo clumsy, trite and really cringeworthy.
Then look at some of my recently published work on Neopoet, I hope that is example enough to show stubborn perseverance pays off.
Link to first poem (and yes I am embarrassed by drawing attention to it)
and two links to my most recent pieces

I hope you can see a difference.

Remember we are a workshop site.
Don't forget to offer critique on poems you read.

You know
I have become
a machine gunned poet

now fewer emanate
since that date
when you did state

some say I am coming of age
why rage
on neopoet's page

than to see you exploring the art, craft and themes of poetry.

I predict that your true talent would be realised, instead of producing occasional gems with the machine gun effect you would experience an explosion of profound, meaningful, beautifully crafted works of art.

You've had more than enough practice, it's time to reach towards your potential.

I believe you could astound us all.

Neopoet is a workshop. Poets take the time to read and think about your work and offer suggestions.
There is no obligation to make any changes however please acknowledge critique and comments.

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