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‘It’s always good to practice a form of art’

Janvi Sharma, budding poet from Apeejay School, Tanda Road says, she keeps a note of the ideas in her head and weaves them into poems as she finds time

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At what age did you write your first poem?

I started writing poems at the age of 7. I was in class 3  back then. My first poem was titled ‘Children’. In the poem, I mentioned  how children are the gift of God and how they make us happy in the difficult moments of life.

What inspired you to start writing?

My mother thought it was good for me to practice a form of art. It was good to occupy the mind positively and do something creative. And so, I started writing. 

Your favourite poet and poem?

Sarah Teasdale is my favourite poet. I love her poem Stars. I learned so many good words from that poem. It was a very inspirational poem, I just loved it!

Rhyme or Free Verse?

I prefer free verse. I am able to express my views more clearly there.

Tell us about your process of writing a poem?

It generally takes me 5-10 minutes to write a poem. I generally write about nature or what I see around me, all the things. Also, I write about what inspires me. I love writing inspirational poems. So, I keep a note of ideas in my head. Later whenever I get time, I weave them into poems.  

Your poems The day of birth and 7 days 7 lines have a lot of references to the calendar and days of the week, which is very unique? Your thoughts on that?

My exams were going on and when I saw a particular date on the calendar, I got an idea to write a poem on the dates.So, that was the thought process behind these poems. I thought it would be a very creative approach. 

How does your school help you to write such lovely poems?

Everyone in the school – every teacher encourages me to write well. I feel so blessed. My friends also help me learn something new from them. I learn a lot from them through discussions and communication. 

What are your upcoming poems?

I want to write some inspirational poems next.  I am working on that. 

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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