How to Write a Poem
A poem can be written out of anything you think, feel or observe of around. It may be about love, people or anything under the sun.
Writing poetry is a good way to improve your linguistic skills and to make you more articulate of your feelings. But, when you are not used fond to writing poetry, it seems to be hard for you to do one, right? You question yourself, how do you start and where do you start your poem. Well, there are pointers on how to make and start writing a good poem. You want to know what these are? Here are they:
- How to be creative.
Find spark. A poem may be started from a clip of verse, a line or two and the remaining can be written all around it. To find spark, there are some ways on how to generate it:
- Get various poetry books by different authors and genres. If you do not have books of poetry available around you, get from the internet. Print out at most ten poems from it. Then pick randomly a line from each poem, and try to focus on the first set of line instead of setting your attention on the best line. Jot all these various lines down on a piece of paper and try arranging them to a new coherent poem. This will give you an idea on writing your own poem.
- When ideas come to your mind, write all phrases and words down. Allow yourself to write and put these ideas into words.
- Do not be afraid to voice out your feelings. Emotions do great poems, so if you faux about your feelings, it will be easily sensed on your poem. Write as quickly as possible and when done, look through the list and find for connections or definite item to where your creativity juices flow.
- Fit yourself on the scene you are writing about. For instance, if you like to write a poem about nature, try visiting a nearby small forest or park. The scenery will surely inspire you for some lines, in spite of the place’s imperfections.
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Listen or read poetry. Be inspired by how the poets you admire do it. Explore variety of works, from the classic poems to the most popular song lyrics today.
- Attend readings of poetry. Check your college school or bookstore calendar about these, or look for events online.
- Look for your favorite song lyrics and read them just like poetry. You might get surprised how it reads, instead of how it is sung or spoken aloud.
Think for what you like to attain with your poem. You may like to write a poem about love for your girlfriend or boyfriend, or to commemorate a tragic event, or even just to get an "A" on your poetry class. Think of a person to whom you dedicate the poem and why you are writing it and you can proceed to writing thereof.
Decide on which poetry fits with your subject. There are tons of various poetic styles. As an aspiring poet, you do have a wide variety of forms to select from: sonnets, limericks, sestinas, villanelles, haiku and many others. However, you may also opt to disregard these forms altogether and write your poem freely of verse.
- Let your creativity flow.
Pick the appropriate words. If a novel is said to be 'words in the best order', a poem then is said to be 'the best words in the best order'.
- Think about the words you'll use to build your poem lines with good and strong structure of words. Some words may suit perfectly and some may not. But, just keep doing on your poem until you finally construct a good formation of words.
- Use words that are only necessary and those which will boost the meaning of your poem. Carefully pick your words. The dissimilarity between synonyms or sounding words can be a guide to an attractive word play.
Use vivid descriptions and concrete imagery. Mostly, poetry gives great appeal to the senses. Use your imagination to give concrete and detailed descriptions of your poem’s subject.
- Love, happiness and hate are concepts that are all abstract. Many poems are about emotions and other abstractions. But, making a poem out of abstraction can be sometimes boring. The key to avoid this is to replace abstraction with concrete images. True images that appeal to the human senses like for example a rose or a shark. By having this, it can evoke emotions more and ideas to the poem.
- A powerful poetry does not only utilize concrete images, but also vividly describes them. Show your listeners and readers what you are talking about. Aid them to experience your poem's imagery.
Make use of poetic devices to enhance the meaning and beauty of your poem. Rhyme is the most famous poetic device. Rhyme can add on to your lines suspense, improve your meaning or to a more cohesive poem. But, don't overuse rhyme for it's a crime. There are three vital styles to choose from, if you are deciding for rhyming route:
- A tercet may contain two stanzas with three lines in each stanza, wherein one and two rhyme, as do four and five, and three and six.
- A ballad stanza which contains rhyme for second and fourth lines.
- A couplet contains two phrases with rhyme at their end.
- Poetic devices establish a poem. Other poetic devices are metaphor, meter, alliteration, repetition and assonance. You can search the internet or look at poetry books to know what these are.
Include a 'turn' at the end of your poem. As the saying goes, the best is saved for last. In making a poem, also put your most powerful insight or message at the end of your poem. It must be something that will definitely evoke emotional response from your audience, something that they will think about, or something to settle on after reading your poem.
3. Bring your poem to life.
Listen to your own poem. Sound of poem is important. So as you write or edit your poem, read it loudly and listen to its sound.
Edit your poem. After writing your poem, read it loudly to yourself. Observe your choice of words and rhymes. Then take out unnecessary words and replace imagery that is not working.
- Some people do edit their poems at once, but for some they do this over again and again.
- Do not be scared to rewrite your poem if there are parts of it that aren't working.
Share with your work. It is hard to critique your own work, so you can get friends to critique on it. In this way, you can get good and honest feedbacks or insights to improve and make your poem better.
- You can also offer to be other’s critique on their poetry. This will help you in developing your critical eye, which you can exercise on your individual work.