Basic Poetic Techniques

An adjective is the part of speech that describes a noun. It helps give more detail to the person, place or thing. Using adjectives helps readers fully understand and picture what is being described.

Adjectives In Poetry


Adjectives are a part of speech. They are words that describe a noun (person, place, or thing).

Using adjectives gives a reader a clearer picture of what the author is trying to say.

For example, take the sentence. "The rabbit hopped down the hill." We know there is a rabbit hopping down the hill. But we don't know the size or color of the rabbit. We also don't know what the hill is like.

Adding adjectives will greatly improve the sentence. "The small, brown speckled rabbit hopped down the steep, grassy hill."

While poetry might not use long sentences, adjectives are still very important. Using them appropriately will help readers have a better picture in their minds.

Here are some simple phrases/sentences before and after adjectives were added:

  • The sky (The dark night sky)

  • Her face showed sadness. (Her pale face showed sadness.)

  • The dog barked. (The enormous black dog barked.)

  • My eyes lit up. (My piercing blue eyes lit up.)

Examples of poems that use adjectives:

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