Writing Poetry

30+ Poetry Prompts - List Of Poetry Writing Ideas

Are you looking for Creative Ideas For Writing Poetry? Take a look at this List Of Poetry Writing Ideas and prompts for students and adults and give one a try.

30+ Poetry Writing Prompts

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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.

Poetry Writing Ideas

  1. Describe your favorite childhood memory.
  2. Pick a color and use your senses to describe it.
  3. Write an acrostic about your favorite holiday.
  4. Write a limerick.
  5. Write a poem about a family member.
  6. Write a poem about a dream.
  7. Write a poem about weather (rain, snow, wind, sun, etc.).
  8. Write a poem that includes your five senses.
  9. Write about a memory triggered by a smell.
  10. Write a poem about advice for someone.
  11. Write a poem with a repeating line.
  12. Write a poem about a regret.
  13. Write about an object in nature that fascinates you.
  14. Think about an object that would be considered ugly, gross, etc. Write a poem that makes it seem beautiful, lovely, etc.
  15. Put a notebook by your bed so you are able to jot down parts of your dreams.
  16. Write a poem about a news article.
  17. Pick a picture in a magazine or newspaper and write a poem about what's happening in the picture.
  18. Write about something you imagine will happen in the future.
  19. Find a quote that speaks to you, and make up a poem that describes how that quote came to be.
  20. Assume the position of someone else (vet, teacher, pizza delivery guy, homeless woman, etc.) and tell a day in his/her life.
  21. Write about an inanimate object, telling what a day in its life is like.
  22. Write about something from your childhood.
  23. Describe the best/worst emotion without using that word.
  24. Describe the best/worst smell.
  25. 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.
  26. Give advice to someone younger.
  27. Write about your best/worst day.
  28. 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.
  29. Turn on some music and write about what that song makes you think about.
  30. 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.
  31. Write about how it feels to wake up or fall asleep.
  32. Describe a season without using that word.

Planing Your Poem

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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