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:

  1. 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:

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.

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.

  1. 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'.

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.

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:

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.

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.