Writing Poetry

Poetry Prompts - Creative Ideas For Writing Poetry

Are you looking for ideas to help you start writing a poem? Take a look at these poetry writing prompts for students and adults and give some a try. A poem can be about anything.

Poetry Writing Prompts


Do you want to write a poem but need an idea to get you started?

Give one of these writing prompts a try. It's all about being creative. Don't worry if you poem seems silly. It might be just the writing exercise you need in order to spark another idea.

  • Write about an object in nature that fascinates you.

  • Think about an object that would be considered ugly, gross, etc. Write a poem that makes it seem beautiful, lovely, etc.

  • Put a notebook by your bed so you are able to jot down parts of your dreams.

  • Write a poem about a news article.

  • Pick a picture in a magazine or newspaper and write a poem about what's happening in the picture.

  • Write about something you imagine will happen in the future.

  • Find a quote that speaks to you, and make up a poem that describes how that quote came to be.

  • Assume the position of someone else (vet, teacher, pizza delivery guy, homeless woman, etc.) and tell a day in his/her life.

  • Write about an inanimate object, telling what a day in its life is like.

  • Write about something from your childhood.

  • Describe the best/worst emotion without using that word.

  • Describe the best/worst smell.

  • On small pieces of paper write down as many nouns you can think of. Put them all in a jar, and pull out two that need to be included in your poem.

  • Give advice to someone younger.

  • Write about your best/worst day.

  • Go to the mall, park, grocery store, etc. Write a poem about a person you see there. Or write a poem about something you hear someone say.

  • Turn on some music and write about what that song makes you think about.

  • Read a passage in a book, and pull out 15-20 words that you turn into a Found Poem. Or cut out words from a newspaper or magazine to organize into the form of a poem.

  • Write about how it feels to wake up or fall asleep.

  • Describe a season without using that word.

Once you have an idea for your poem, it's time to begin planning it:

Is it going to be a long poem? Short poem?
Is it going to be funny? Serious?
Are you going to give it a surprise ending?
Do you want it to have long lines? Short lines?
Does it have a rhyming pattern that it follows?
How many stanzas?

Sometimes you don't need to have a specific plan. Sometimes you can start writing whatever comes to your head and worry about the formatting later.

What techniques do you use to get started on a new poem? Share them with us below.

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