M. Park wrote:
Can I really just do that? Or is Conlaning kind of like poetry and that part of the art is making something that falls within a certain constraint. (exmple, someone that write free verse could be seen as less skilled then someone who can write a perfect sonnet, just because to follow all the rules of a sonnet takes arguable more skill)
Yes, and yes.
Conlanging is like poetry in the sense that much of the art involves fitting your work inside certain constraints in an "artful" way—but at the same time, it is 100% up to you as the creator to make, because you
get to decide exactly what those constraints are.
There are certain common sets of constraints that have shown up often enough that we have given names to them. Many languages have been created under the constraints of being naturalistic, of mimicking realistic linguistic evolution, of fitting an imaginary culture of speakers—so we called these "artlangs." Many languages have been built not under the constraints of naturalism, but as experiments about particular philosophical or cognitive questions—we called these "engelangs." Lots of languages have been built to bridge communication between people of different linguistic backgrounds, and we called these "auxlangs."
In a way, you can look at these codified sets of criteria like poetry forms. There are certain things that your poem should do if you're going to call it a "sonnet," and there are different things it should do if you're going to call it a "haiku." However, in conlanging these rulesets are extremely
squishy. It would be impossible to write a poem that was both a sonnet and a haiku, but it is not at all unheard of for a conlang to fit into both the artlang and engelang categories.
So, yes, artful conlangs do have to abide by certain rules, but at the same time, the creator has 100% freedom to decide what those rules are going to be.
P.S.: I would disagree with you about the "it takes more skill to write sonnets than free verse" bit. It may be the case that it takes more skill to write a perfect sonnet than to write mediocre free verse, but it also takes more skill to write a perfect sonnet than a mediocre sonnet
. And if you compare writing a perfect sonnet to writing perfect
free verse (if such a thing could ever be attained), it's not nearly as simple to decide which requires more skill. Writing good free verse is quite tricky—it's not enough to just throw some words down on the page and call it a poem. In some cases it may be more
difficult to produce something that really works without the guiding structure of a form like a sonnet.
But that's just my silly poet-self getting distracted by bunnytrails. Carry on.