How does furry poetry work?

I’ve been asking myself this question a lot. While a lot of people tend to enjoy writing poetry within the fandom, I rarely see something that is top-quality, especially if it directly deals with anthropomorphism. I have seen a few poems, and you will be able to read some when the publication is released in the last quarter of the year. However, when I try to write furry poetry, I get stuck.

In reality, almost every high-quality poem I have read (both in and out of the fandom) has dealt with anthropomorphism on one level or another. In poetry, we naturally give human traits to non-human objects or creatures. This is either called “personification” or “anthropomorphism” in literary terms. Humans naturally understand their surroundings by comparing it to themselves, so it’s no wonder poetry constantly uses this device.

Unfortunately, this is not enough to reach some people within the fandom. So how can we write poetry to reach them while keeping it high quality?

Poetry requires a lot of skill, yes, but two things will help you reach your audience. First, have the poem be animal related. Animals can either show up literally or be used as metaphors. Second, write what you know. We usually write best when we write what we are familiar with. If you are part of the furry fandom, others will probably be able to relate, as well.

Honestly, I’d suggest focusing more on good writing than the audience when it comes to poetry; if you have developed the skills, you will be able to reach some both within and outside the fandom. Write for yourself, and if you feel like it could reach the others, then send it out for their speculating eyes.

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3 responses to “How does furry poetry work?

  1. Wes The Tiger

    I agree. If you spend too much time focusing on what your audience will think, then you limit your abilities. Write for yourself first and foremost and do not let anyone tell you that your style is wrong, because even though they may not like it, it is the way you like it.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree.

    People often try to appeal to a target audience with their work, not just poetry, and personally I think that’s the quickest way to alienate your audience. I hate reading a work where you can tell the “furry” aspect was crammed in there to pander to the furry fandom, instead of to support a theme. It not only comes off seeming forced, breaking the flow of the story, but it’s also grating as a writer reading this work because it’s so easy to use anthropomorphism as a theme. It can be used as characterization through animal motif, or perhaps represent exoticism or maybe even used to show how the society is cut off from nature and its roots (animals wearing clothing and doing people things being “not right”) like I did in Steam.

    My personal philosophy with writing is “Write what feels right, and your audience will come to you”. I think it’s an idea that more writers should adhere to.

  3. Dtb

    hmmmmmm…… furry poetry… sounds like an open niche in the fandom if you ask me. Sounds like a new and fresh challenge if you ask me.

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