The Most Overused Words of Instagram Poets

This morning — a Sunday — I opened up the Instagram app on my iPhone. I started scrolling through my feed and noticed a bunch of new posts from those I follow. One person had a birthday, which I quickly dropped her a comment to say happy birthday. Another was dressed up in bebop attire from the 1940’s, hanging out with her friends.

As I continued scrolling, I decided to check out the most common writing and poetry hashtags: #wordporn, #poetry, and #spilledink to name a few.

I’m horrified by the state of poetry on Instagram. It’s a vicious cycle of rehashing common themes and words. So I wasn’t surprised to see multiple Instapoets sharing their text images with carbon-copy words.

Here are the most over used words from today’s observation:

  • Heart
  • Moon
  • Sun
  • Sky
  • Stars
  • Sea
  • Ocean
  • Together
  • Love
  • Broken
  • Beautiful
  • Poetry
  • Words
  • Soul
  • Flowers
  • Darkness
  • Sweet
  • Mind
  • Dream

Every Instapoet I observed, employed at least one or more words from this list. I would read one piece, then scroll to the next and see the exact word used again by a different person. And this was only in a short 15-minute browsing session.

I’m sure if I did a full analysis I could tell you the percentage of and frequency those words appear across Instagram’s top writers. I might even uncover other basic words that are common in the community of Instapoets’ lexicon.

My advise to aspiring writers and poets on Instagram:

Get a fucking thesaurus.

Look up synonyms.

Find different ways to express your poetry.

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