I only really started writing poetry in October 2009 when my course started. I recall an acquaintance adamantly asserting that there were no rules to writing poetry, so anything goes! It made me ponder the countless How to Write Poetry books there are available with a wry smile.
Happening upon Frieda Hughes’ Times Online Do’s and Don’ts of Poetry also helped immensely.
Oh and I also found the wonderful Living Iambic Pentameter website, which was a revelation:
Admittedly I'm still a novice at writing poems. They are more modern than romantic and I usually try to inject a measure of irony into them. However, I do enjoy writing them.