What is poetry?

“Poetry is the expression of feelings and ideas and is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.”

Hello, I am Ben Robinson, I am a writer and a poet from the United Kingdom. I have a new poetry book out called Alas the day, which is now available to buy on Amazon. Alas the day, my poem, is about oppression, ignorance and hate and the erosion of freedom of speech.


I have always enjoyed poetry and writing. I first began writing poetry around the age of ten years of age. I had a very good English teacher at my first school who was brilliant and encouraged me and truly inspired me. Having an inspiring English teacher really got me off to a good start. I now have thirty books of poetry written. This has taken me three years of work. I find writing very therapeutic, and enjoy writing out in the countryside and I find great inspiration there, and in the people I meet. I especially love the coast, the coast in Dorset, the county I was born has some beautiful coastline and they call it the Jurassic coast. The Jurassic coastal cliffs are filled the with fossils of dinosaurs, and frequently the cliffs collapse revealing fossils which have previously been buried. The cliffs of Dorset are very beautiful to look at but, they are very dangerous, and prone to continual collapses. Many people, including locals, and especially holidaymakers, who are with their families, make the mistake of walking right along the cliff edge, this is incredibly foolish. And as thrilling as it may be to walk right next to the cliff, the cliffs of Dorset are prone to continual collapse, and could cause you to lose your life. Walking along the right beside the cliffs, is incredibly foolish and very dangerous, so please take this as just a friendly word of advice, from someone who was born at the coast. I may write a poem on it in future. The Jurassic coast is a wonderful place for inspiration and for writing poetry.

The majority of my poetry and writing I am aiming to write outdoors in future wherever I travel. I wrote my thirty books of poetry, some in the countryside and some at home. There is nothing better for inspiration than going for a walk through the fields and along the lakes and the rivers and streams, and anywhere in the countryside.

My favourite poets are John Clare, William Blake (who wrote the poem the Tyger), William Wordsworth, and Lord Byron, and Lord Tennyson. I especially love William Blake for his evocative style.

Feedback is most welcome on my poetry. I look forward to hearing from you. It is a pleasure to meet you all.

Warmest regards and best wishes

Yours sincerely

Ben Robinson

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