For most of my life, I've hated writing poetry. It makes me feel stupid and self-conscious because unlike with prose, I don't know what's really good and what's absolutely terrible. However, I started writing poetry just for myself one day, and in only a little more than a month, I've written more than 20 poems. Most of them are probably bad, given that I've mostly written prose before now and a lot of the poems are just things I scribble in between studying or while waiting for the metro (I have a poem called "The Commuter's Existentialism" ). But still, it's hard to ignore that poetry, lousy as it probably is, is suddenly a big part of my creative writing. So I guess what I'm asking is, how do I actually learn to write poetry? Blind experimentation is fun and everything, but it still makes me uncomfortable because I really don't know if I'm making progress or not. Often, I'll think what I have is good and then I'll read the work of a true poet, a real artist, and I'll just feel a sense of complete despair--I think I'll never be that good because none of the things the poet does with his/her work would ever have even occurred to me.