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Poetry is an art which was valued highly in the older days but with the coming of the modern age, poetry has almost lost its value and poets are not being given the respect they deserve. Poetry is left where it was in the earlier times and a very few people consider poetry as a career option.
Here are a few reasons on why you should not become a poet.
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It's true that poets make no money. This is a very good reason to not write poetry.
You know about good food, good wine, and all the other good things when you read and write poetry but. The only problem is you have no means to get them and this can lead to a lot of frustration.
Unlike fiction, for example, there is no fame in poetry. Until you are too old or too uninterested to enjoy it. It always helps to die early if you are a poet because then you get very famous.
People think that you are weird and you are.
There can be occupational hazards like alcoholism, addiction, broken marriages, broken faith and a broken liver. Madness, silence, and early deaths are also some of them.
You start judging people by the metaphors theu use and you'll always do the same.
Fiction writers get translated a lot but poets do not get translated because it's much harder to translate poetry than to translate fiction.