I found the quote, "ultimately the most important things a poet will learn about writing are from himself in the process." I really liked this because I think that the only way to learn how to write is by writing, which Hugo also said in The Triggering Town. Everyone has a different way of writing and the only way to find out your style of writing is by writing.
I also liked the quote "if a student wasn't a complete auditory clod, he could feel himself falling in love with the sounds of words". I like this because it's important to understand the emotions that are in a poem. I find it hard to understand a poem and enjoy it if I'm not emotionally involved in it.
I really like the idea in the book, 4 Genres in Brief, where it says, "Find a book full of interesting words. It could be this one, or an anthology of literature, an encyclopedia, or a dictionary. Open up the book at random and skip the page until a word catches your eye." I find this very helpful because this has inspired me with my writing for many years. It has helped me write poems, or a short story, or just an idea. It's great if you're having writers block and need some inspiration or a way to get motivated to write.
I also like the other idea, David Starkey suggested in 4 Genres in Brief, "keep a journal in which you write down everything that might become material for a poem: ideas, observations, images, words, phrases, lines, and stanzas." I think this is a great way to get started with writing a story or a poem. If you're in the mood to write, it can help you come up with some ideas.
What's a helpful way on how to start a poem?
Part 2: I sometimes have trouble coming up with a topic to write about. I like to look at what I'm surrounded by and try to find some inspiration. Once I know what I'm going to write about I like to write it down on paper first and then not touch it for an hour. That way I can read it later and see if I still like the way it sounds.
The biggest struggle I have with writing poems is finding the right words to use. I know what I want to say but I can't seem to find the right word that will work. I think reading other people's poems is a great way to find inspiration and has been very beneficial for me.