Tutor profile: Noah H.
Can anyone be a good writer?
Yes! Writing isn't a superpower - you can learn to write well by understanding how to 1) make a claim and 2) support that claim with evidence. The rest is gravy.
Who is the most influential/important writer in the English language?
William Shakespeare; this isn't a question of whether or not Shakespeare is enjoyable to read (sometimes he is, sometimes he isn't), but a question of his influence. Simply put, regardless of personal affinity for Shakespeare, as soon as someone reads, speaks, or writes modern English, that person acknowledges Shakespeare's supremacy by using a version of English that Shakespeare formed.
What is free verse poetry, and how is it different from other poetry?
Free verse poetry is simply poetry whose rhythm, rhymes, and line breaks are determined on a poem-to-poem basis without regard for inherited form. It is NOT non-formal poetry; all poetry has form, just like all cars have frames or all human beings have bodies.