What is the Best Time of Day to Write Poetry?

what-is-the-best-time-of-day-to-write-poetry_When the alarm clock goes off first thing in the morning do you spring into life with your head full of ideas for your next poem; or does it take 20 more minutes under the duvet and three shots of caffeine to get going, with your most productive and creative time being late at night?

Readers of this blog will know I fall into the first category. I rise very early and take my poems out for an early morning walk. My poetic creativity comes to me first thing and I realise, after about 2pm, trying to write or create new poems is futile. Having visited other poet’s blogs, there are some of you who get your inspiration late in the evening / early hours of the morning. So, is there a most effective time of the day to create and write poetry?

Recent research, from the University of Southern California, shows creativity goes further than being a morning or night person and that certain times of day are best for completing specific tasks. The best time of day for productivity is late morning when our brain and bodies have warmed up to get concentration, working memory and alertness to its peak. Alertness begins to dip after this point, but the study shows being fatigued can boost our creative abilities. Great news for those of you who work late into the night.

The research also suggests morning people wake up and go to sleep earlier and tend to be most productive early in the day. Evening people wake up later, start more slowly and peak in the evening. The conclusion of the study hints it is best to listen to your body clock. If you are more productive in the morning stick with it, likewise if your creativity peaks in the evening, keep burning the midnight oil.

This has intrigued me about the creative habits of other poets and writers. Does your best work flow as a morning lark or a midnight owl?

It would be great to hear from you.

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What is Poetry?

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Sitting at a barbeque, at the weekend, a guest turned to me and said “I hear you’re a poet.”

A conversation ensued which led to me showing her the Inside the Mind of Davy D blog.

After a short while browsing on her phone, she turned to me and whispered,
“That’s not poetry, it’s just words and pictures……………. and it doesn’t even rhyme.”

Before we got to the “How many books have you published?” question I thanked her for the feedback and went and got another glass of Malbec.

In fairness, she had a point and raised a good question, what is poetry?

Standard dictionary definitions show poetry as;

1. The art or craft of writing verse.
2. Literature written in meter; verse.
3. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
4. Poetic qualities, spirit or feeling in anything.

Ask five poets to define poetry and they will give you five different answers.

To complicate matters further the website Poem Of Quotes lists 55 types of poetic form, ranging from ABC Poetry to Visual-Concrete Poetry.

So how do we establish what is poetry, and does it really matter?

Each week I read and enjoy many forms of poetry, some of which break the boundaries of what is considered to be conventional poetry. In my view, the most important thing should be the impact, thoughts and emotions the poem (in whatever form) leaves with the reader.

As William Wordsworth said, “All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of feelings.”

What are your thoughts on what is, or is not, poetry?

Surfing For Inspiration

Surfing for inspiration



For the Word-High July Prompts of Filipino Words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Halakhak – (n.) A loud uninhibited laughter.




For the Word-High July Prompts of Filipino Words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Likha (v.) To create something through intelligence and skill.

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You Can’t Wait For Inspiration

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