Before I begin the main content of this post, let me say ‘chill’. Because from now, hopefully, you will not have to face the influx of poetry here the way it had been in last few days 🙂
Next the ubiquitous (on this blog) disclaimer – this comes completely from personal experience. Please do not take any offense if it seems to be like an attack on your literary capabilities. It’s not intended to be so. To repeat, this is completely a personal experience.
I have always found writing poetry to be easier than writnig stories. Why easy or tough, I have not been able to write even a single real story till date. Whenever I tried writing one, it became more like a page from my diary than a story really. Why? The element of fiction was always missing. I ended up narrating my experience rather than writing a story. Now, that might be a good thing to do if you want to be an honest journalist, but not if you want to be a story writer. It’s not really a story-writing talent, if the fiction is missing from the story. There can always be inspirations – but describing a real incident as such (no matter how creative your language or expressions are) is journalism, to me at least.
Now, what happens with poetry? Isn’t some imagination, some fictional element required there too? This is where lies the beauty and easy thing about poetry. You can decide to separate the incidents from the idea and it will still be a poetry; in fact a better poetry than if you hadn’t made the separation. If you do the same with a story, it might become a poetic prose, but the fun of story is gone really.
That’s why I find it easier to write poetry. You do not have to own the incidents, the character, the inspiration for writing poetry. It’s supposed to convey idea and this separation eliminates the need of compulsory presence of fictional element. Of course, if someone is adept at putting fiction there, it is good. But even without that poetry, good enough poetry, can be produced.
IIML students would like to say – poetry is ‘GLOBE’ then 🙂