Poetry is a very vast branch of literature. It has hardly a universal definition, as it means many things for many people. The subject is of the same age as history and religion. One major feature that sets poetry apart from other forms of literature is its language economy. Writing contests for high school students play a vital role in their basic skills development. Poets are highly critical about how they make words on a page. They ensure that they go beyond word minimization and recognize the emotional quality of a phrase, its context, its musical meaning, its double-or triple-entendre, and even its spatial reference on the paper.

Getting a degree – what it entails

Poetry graduate programs are typically provided at the Master’s level, although some schools offer bachelor’s or doctoral degree programs with concentrations or poetry specializations. Many master’s degree programs concerned primarily with poetry contribute to a Master’s degree in literature, creative writing or English, but there are also a few Master’s in Arts (M.A.) programs available. Some of those programs could offer poetry concentrations.

Although writing poetry seems like a simple career choice for those involved in the literary genre, not everyone who likes poetry can compose it, and it’s not easy to make a living at it. You may not end up reading, composing or thinking about poetry all day long, but there are occupations where interacting with authors, writers, magazines or poetry readings are a frequent occurrence. You may beat the difficult odds against making a living as a poet, publishing in magazines and books with talent and diligence, but there are other routes to consider too. Greeting card companies often use poetry, and businesses selling novelties, such as t-shirts, often use fun or funny poetry. For those companies, you can work full time, or as a freelancer. If you also have a flair for music, you might be able to write jingles for advertising firms.

Creative writing degree programs provide training both on the technical aspects of writing and on the development of an individual style. You may learn technical skills including the rules on syntax, vocabulary, spelling and grammar. You’ll also learn how to set a tone, select metaphors in your writing, create visual images, and perfect a style that stands out as unique to you.

If you choose to pursue a degree it is a good idea to keep in touch until graduation with your classmates. Not only can you provide networking opportunities for one another, but it can be essential to your well-being to have people in your social circle who understand a poet’s unique lifestyle. This is particularly true if you pursue self-employment and end up working by yourself all day.

Available Scholarships Around the World for International Students

Do you love to write; do you have a dream of becoming a poet and you don’t have the finance to make this happen? Stop worrying, Poetry Scholarships are currently underway so this is your chance to make your dream come true.

Most universities and colleges provide scholarship programs for authors and artistic poets. Poetry lovers can now submit their works to top-notch colleges and get picked for programs. All you need to do is express yourself and pen your deepest thoughts down. You get a change in sharing your feelings and differentiating yourself from other poets and expressing what you mean by your poetry. Along with your poetry writing talent, you just have to ensure your eligibility and basic requirements.

Below are 5 of the top scholarships available;

  1. Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship
  2. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  3. Poetry Out Loud
  4. Eckerd College Artistic Achievement Award for Creative Writing
  5. Just Poetry


Eligibility criteria for these scholarships vary; however, there are general criteria that cut across these scholarships, which are;

  • Applicants must be a student of literature in order to be considered
  • Applicant must submit 2 – 3 entries
  • Poetry students who are interested must not be less than 12 years of age and greater than 49 years of age.

How to Apply

Most universities and colleges provide scholarship programs for authors and artistic artists. Poets can now send their samples to universities and get selected for programs. All you need to do is express yourself and pen your deepest thoughts down. You have the opportunity to share your feelings and to distinguish yourself from other poets, and to express what your poetry means. Along with your poetic writing talent, you just have to ensure your eligibility and basic requirements.

If you want to acquire a stronghold on English, improve your critical analysis of the environment around you, and learn in a degree that will offer you several different career opportunities, Poetry could be the right path for you.

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