- For Teachers
I am carved out to write poems and I must do it.
Can I use the phrase carved out to mean that God has endowed me with the quality to write poem.
You can say you were made (or born) to write poems.
You can say you were born with the gift of writing poetry.
(Be careful who you boast about this to. There are some some pretty hard-boiled literary critics out there.)
Or you can come right out and say 'I was born to write poetry, or 'I was born a poet', or even 'I am a born poet'.
A common cliché is '... is in my DNA'; personally I think this is lamentable [to put it politely!], but it does happen.
An example of carved out:
bIn the years that followed he carved out for himself a niche in the area of 17th-century English furniture.
I can just about imagine that being said. I can't imagine it as a first person utterance.But I've occasionally read such lines as "He was carved out for a medical career." Naturally it's a metaphor.
I agree with 5jj, but I have heard the expression "I was cut out to be a pilot/brain surgeon/gangster etc etc"
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....