Writing is a gift by God. If you love to pen down your thoughts, emotions or speech in a more rhythmic and subtle form, there lies a peaceful career option for you. Poetry is a beautiful profession that is fading these days.

Poetry is a perfect way to express your feelings when your speech can’t. When someone sits down to write poems, he is more concerned with self-expression. Literary rules are important but true poets usually don’t write according to rules but purely through heart.

When one starts to enjoy this maze of words and carve beautiful pieces out of it, the person experiences a relief of pain or stress. He/she becomes elated and at times, end up creating their own style of poetry. This is how we discover newness in every poem which is a literary art.

All poets want their work to be published in books or magazines. But for this you need to really excel in art of writing and after years of experience only, your work gets published. So patience and perseverance are quite important.

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Poems can only be made from heart,  not in the danger of deadlines. These can never be created under pressure. So mostly poets are freelancers, working on their own pace. Maybe that’s one of the reason why people don’t want to take it up as a full-time profession.

Qualifications

In general, a person does not necessarily need any sort of formal education to pursue a poetry career. Excellent writing skills, however, are almost always essential in order to have a successful writing career.

For some, the best way to hone their writing skills is by earning a degree in writing. Students working towards this type of degree will often find themselves starting with the basic rules of writing and expanding from there. While in some school, they will also have a chance to choose several elective writing courses as well.

Those interested in professional poetry careers should take poetry writing courses and creative writing courses. These types of courses not only help a student hone his craft, but they can also get the creative juices flowing.

Is a career really possible out of it?

Getting your work published can be a difficult job in initials. But as a poet, you can also indulge in poetry reading at many places. also you can do printing of your works at many other places which can earn you money. Obviously a career in poetry is not a consistent one.

Another way by which you can make income is by creating workshops and teaching poetry and communication skills.

This can really turn out to be successful. You can also get invited to several places then to facilitate your workshop including colleges. It’s a grind–a lot of people don’t take what you do seriously or know how to assign value to your art. But there’s hope always.

This is a not a regular everyday job. There would be many ups and many downs maybe, so you would be really sure about facing them before getting into this career.

There are several ways to make money as a poet–you just have to be willing to try different things, and you have to really want to make it work.

Some famous Poets in India:

1  Rabindranath Tagore

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He is the most famous one, of all times. He was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Sometimes referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”, Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

2  Harivansh Rai Bachchan

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How can any Indian forget his name. The father of Amitabh Bachchan.

He was a noted Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Srivastava Kayastha family, in the village of Babupatti (Raniganj) in the district of Pratapgarh, he was also a famous poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He is best known for his early work Madhushala .  In 1976, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to Hindi literature.

3  Vikram Seth

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Vikram is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award. Seth’s collections of poetry such as Mappings and Beastly Tales are notable contributions to the Indian English language poetry canon.

4  Sarojini Naidu

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Sarojini Naidu, known as the Nightingale of India, was an Indian freedom fighter and acclaimed poetess. She was also the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She was born in Hyderabad in 1879. Her poems are famous for the melodic style they are written in. Some of her popular books are A Golden Threshold and The Feather of the Dawn.

5 Nandini Sahu

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Nandini Sahu is an acclaimed Indian poet, writer and critic. She has several English books and poems to her name, and is also Associate Professor of English at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Born in 1973 in Orissa, she is the recipient of two gold medals in English literature and the Shiksha Ratna Purashkar. Some of her popular books are The Other Voice, a Collection of Poems and The Silence.

Literature colleges in india

Shoolini University, Solan  (M.A. in Literature)

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2  Xavier Institute of Communications , Mumbai

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3 British Council of India, Delhi and Kolkata

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4  Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)    (No centre. Material gets directly delivered to you)

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5  Calcutta University offers a Diploma course in Creative Writing

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